March 16th, 2010
02:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Cafferty: Should Pelosi be allowed to push health care through House without a vote?

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Just when you think you've seen it all in Washington... along comes something like this:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may try to pass the controversial health care reform bill without making members vote on it. Unbelievable.

Pelosi says she might use a procedural tactic where the House will vote on the package of fixes to the Senate bill... and then that vote would signify that lawmakers "deem" the health care bill to be passed.

Politically speaking, this is beyond sleazy. It's meant to protect Democrats – especially those up for re-election in November – from having to make a tough vote. Pelosi says of this process, "I like it... because people don't have to vote on the Senate bill." In Nancy Pelosi's world, accountability is a dirty word.

The Senate bill, of course, contains many provisions that are unpopular among some House Democrats – including language on abortion funding and taxes on high-cost insurance plans.

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