The basic plan is Pelosi will twist arm to get the house to pass the Senate bill, plus another bill representing changes to that Senate bill that the leadership of both houses have already agreed to. The Senate will then use reconciliation to pass that second bill. And the President will sign first the Senate bill and then the bill with the changes. The bi-partisan heath-care summit is simply a charade says Primas.
According to LifeNews
Primus explained that the Senate will use the controversial reconciliation strategy that will have the House approve the Senate bill and both the House and Senate okaying changes to the bill that the Senate will sign off on by preventing Republicans from filibustering.
“The trick in all of this is that the president would have to sign the Senate bill first, then the reconciliation bill second, and the reconciliation bill would trump the Senate bill,” Primus said at the National Health Policy Conference hosted by Academy Health and Health Affairs.
Some have questioned whether rules would allow Congress to pass changes to a bill that is not yet law. House members have insisted both chambers approve the changes, which likely will go through the reconciliation process to require 51 votes rather than the 60-vote supermajority in the Senate, before they pass they Senate bill.
Primus also mentioned bill drafters would need to use certain language to ensure the plan works, although he did not elaborate.
“There's a certain skill, there's a trick, but I think we'll get it done,” he said.
Conservative columnist Connie Hair noted Primus' remarks and called the reconciliation strategy and the White House health care summit two big “rope-a-dope” plays that are "just another in a long charade of dog and pony shows."
"The American people have made it perfectly clear they reject the Democrats’ plan for a government takeover of health care. Health care is a policy that impacts every single American that should not pass through questionable trickery and process gimmicks, especially given the substantial majorities enjoyed by Democrats in both chambers," she writes.It is totally amazing how the extent that progressives will use trickery to enforce their will over the will of the American People.