Well, what will they think of next? I am utterly amazed, though perhaps I shouldn’t be, at the lengths that Pelosi, et. al. will go to in order to force the passage of the immensely unpopular Obamacare bill. The most recent shameless tactic is being designed by Rep. Louise Slaughter, hence its name the “Slaughter Solution”. If used, it will definitely live up to its name!
Mary Katharine Ham at the Weekly Standard sums up the measure below:
Symbolism: Dems Mull Ramming of Health-Care With ‘Slaughter Solution’
3:21 PM, Mar 10, 2010 ·
BY Mary Katharine Ham
Congress Daily reports today that the Senate may try to find a way to pass the Senate bill without a final House vote. Sounds improbable, but Rube Goldberg would be proud.
I present to you the Slaughter Solution, devised by Rep. Louise Slaughter. (What Sen. Death Panel was not available to put his name to it?). Via 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.
NRO: “Crucially, it gives the lie — in a big, big way — to the Democratic narrative that health-care reform should and will be finished via simple “majority rule,” and not bound up in the arcane rules of the United States Senate.”
From the GOP Leader blog: “You see, Democratic leaders currently lack the votes needed to pass the Senate health care bill through the House. Under Slaughter’s scheme, Democratic leaders will overcome this problem by simply ‘deeming’ the Senate bill passed in the House – without an actual vote by members of the House.”
The blogosphere has been replete with analysis of using this twisted tactic. At the Foundry Blog there is a very good description of the strategy, the implementation process and its Constitutional problems. An excerpt follows:
Procedurally, this would happen in the following order. The House Rules Committee would approve this self-executing rule. The House would vote on the rule that allows this scenario. Then the House will vote on the reconciliation measure. Upon passage of the reconciliation measure the Senate Obamacare bill will be deemed to have passed the House and the reconciliation measure will be sent to the Senate. This so called “Deeming Resolution” is a trick that allows the House to pass a bill they never voted upon. Therefore, the real vote on the pro-abortion Senate passed bill will be the vote on the rule to allow this scenario to roll out on the House floor.
One provision that may make the rule is a provision that does not allow the House to report the Senate passed Obamacare bill to the President until the Senate passes a reconciliation bill. Bills are enrolled before being sent to the President for his signature and the House can prevent the enrollment and delivery of Obamacare to the President until the Senate completes work on the reconciliation measure. Sound complicated? Yes and it is supposed to so the American people can’t understand that the House is on the verge of passing an unpopular Obamacare bill, yet they are reserving the right to claim that they did not vote for the Senate passed bill.
For a more complete understanding of the “Slaughter Solution” and its consequences for passage of Obamacare, take time to read the entries from the New York Post, Red State, American Thinker and Big Government.
This is Chicago slaughter house politics at its best, or worst depending on how one looks at it. “If they bring a knife to the the fight, we bring a gun”, our Dear Leader has said. The “Slaughter Solution” is not a gun, it is a nuclear bomb.