16 March 2010

Quantum State: Pelosi To Use Uncertainty Principle To Pass Health Care

Health Care reform in the House of Representatives exists in a quantum state, where you can't measure the support for it without changing the result. Apparently, voting for the Health Care Reform bill changes the amount of support for it.

I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised that at a time in which politics is both absurd and deadly serious, that a political party with a large majority acts like it is in the minority, and a reform that is both unpopular as proposed but supposedly will be wildly popular once enacted, will be passed without actually voting on it.

So wrap your mind around this ...

Washington Post: House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate's health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.

Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers "deem" the health-care bill to be passed.

The tactic -- known as a "self-executing rule" or a "deem and pass" -- has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.

"It's more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know," the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. "But I like it."

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