Termed the Slaughter solution it seems as if Democratic partisans have found a way to effectively subvert our system of checks and balances. The Washington Examiner reports the following:
House Democrats looking at 'Slaughter Solution' to pass Obamacare without a vote on Senate bill
By: Mark Tapscott
Would House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow House Democratic leaders try to cram the Senate version of Obamacare through the House without actually having a recorded vote on the bill?
Not only is the answer yes, they would, they have figured out a way to do it, according to National Journal's Congress Daily:
"House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill, the chairwoman said Tuesday.
"Slaughter is weighing preparing a rule that would consider the Senate bill passed once the House approves a corrections bill that would make changes to the Senate version.
"Slaughter has not taken the plan to Speaker Pelosi as Democrats await CBO scores on the corrections bill. 'Once the CBO gives us the score, we'll spring right on it,' she said."
Each bill that comes before the House for a vote on final passage must be given a rule that determines things like whether the minority would be able to offer amendments to it from the floor.
In the Slaughter Solution, the rule would declare that the House "deems" the Senate version of Obamacare to have been passed by the House. House members would still have to vote on whether to accept the rule, but House members would be able to say they only voted for a rule, not for the bill itself.
Would that rationale fly with the public? A blog post on House Minority Leader John Boehner's blog described the approach as a "twisted scheme."
How much fun will it be for Democrats representing congressional districts carried by John McCain in 2008 to be constantly reminded about the Cornhusker Bargain, the Louisiana Purchase, the Slaughter Solution, the death panels, $500 billion in cuts to Medicare, individual mandates, etc. etc.
So let me get this right; they will simply say the bill passed and it will be "deemed" passed. Aside from the obvious implications I wonder if they have considered the power they will give like minded partisans on the Republican side. Once the bell is rung there is no way to un-ring it. I would be just as uncomfortable if Republicans were wielding this type of power; if anyone has the ability to simply bypass the process.
What Democrats are doing is effectively, systematically, removing every check and balance instituted by our founders. What the result will be is the untimely death of a great nation.