From FireDogLake, just one example of how not to pass legislation of any sort, especially this momentous bill:
“Unless they put that back in, I can’t support it,” Defazio (an Oregon Democrat Representative) said, referring to the medicare disparity fix. “This is under active discussion. They just decided yesterday morning they’re stripping this out. The senate budget committee staff deliberated for 20 minutes and it was out and our leadership was going to accept that. But a number of us involved in the quality health care coalition said that’s unacceptable and we’re not going to support the bill unless you fix this.”
I have no idea what this detail is. If it truly is enough to affect the vote of a progressive-type Democrat, then the whole process sounds like a mess.
However this legislation comes out, what should have been a broad-based, well-thought out coherent change that most Americans would be awaiting positively is likely to look like a thrown-together omelette.
Not a good reflection on the way the United States functions these days. But entirely consistent with a government whose auditor- the GAO - cannot give an unqualified report to.
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