Written by TVC Executive Director Andrea Lafferty
After Obama and his cronies in Congress ignored Republicans for a year on health care reform, the President has now decided to create a photo op "health care summit" to include Republican leaders.
In addition, Speaker of the House Pelosi is planning on using legislative "tricks" to force nationalized health care on us.
For a year, the Senate and House leadership effectively rejected any Republican input on health care reform, choosing instead to meet in secret meetings to craft a plan to nationalize health care. In addition, the White House held secret meetings with congressional leaders, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and others to ram socialist medicine down the throats of all Americans.
Obama's "bipartisanship" is a joke. The fix is already in and Pelosi's health care reform advisor has openly admitted it.
Pelosi Plans Health Care Trick For Republicans
While Obama is pretending to be willing to listen to Republican ideas on health care reform, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) is using a legislative trick to ram through socialized medicine.
Speaker Pelosi's health care advisor Wendell Primus openly admitted that the Democrats are planning to "trick" the American people and will pass health care legislation without going through normal channels in Congress.
The Pelosi/Obama plan was outlined by the National Journal (February 9, 2010). According to Primus, "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 says the bill drafters will have to use certain language in the bill to get the trick to work: "There's a certain skill, there's a trick, but I think we'll get it done."
Primus says that there was already a pre-negotiated health care reform package that was agreed to by Democrats before Republican Scott Brown was elected Senator from Massachusetts. This package is evidence that Obama isn't interested in bipartisanship. He's interested in forcing a Republican surrender using legislative "tricks" to get his government-run health care bill passed.
Here's how it will work, according to National Journal:
Wendell Primus said the plan is to have President Obama sign the Senate bill before signing the legislation making the changes, even though Congress will approve them in reverse to satisfy skeptical House members who refuse to pass the Senate bill before changes are made.
This unethical tactic is designed to avoid having to face a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate to approve changes to the Senate bill. A reconciliation process (passage of the changes) will only require 51 votes in the Senate - thus nullifying the power of Sen. Scott Brown, the newly elected Republican from Massachusetts.
Pelosi expects to give Obama a pre-packaged bill for his health care summit. This hardly sounds like non-partisanship or a willingness to listen to Republican ideas. The endgame has already been set in motion and Pelosi hopes to rush through socialized medicine no matter how it gets done.
This process may not even be legal, but in power politics, this doesn't matter. Releasing their strategy indicates a high level of stupidity and arrogance.
Obama's Dog And Pony Show
Now, Obama wants a dog and pony show with Republicans to serve as human props for him in a disingenuous attempt to show that he's non-partisan.
House Republican leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Eric Cantor (R-VA) have sent a letter to Rahm Emanuel asking that the health summit on February 25 include all of the nation's governors and state legislators:
Will the President be inviting officials and lawmakers from the states to participate in this discussion? As you may know, legislation has been introduced in at least 36 state legislatures, similar to the proposal just passed by the Democratic-controlled Virginia State Senate, providing that no individual may be compelled to purchase health insurance. Additionally, governors of both parties have raised concerns about the additional costs that will be passed along to states under both the House and Senate bills.
One of the fundamental problems with the approach the Obama Administration has taken to health care is that it seems rooted in a Washington-knows-best mentality. Excluding the voices of America's governors and state legislators from the proposed 'summit' would compound this error. There's a revolt going on in the states right now against the bills Washington Democrats are trying to impose on America. The White House may want to pretend the revolt isn't happening, but it's real.
President Obama promised that health care reform debates would be shown on C-SPAN. This never happened.
Obama has also been telling the American people a series of untruths about his plan to nationalize health care - and to put bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions. One of the biggest untruths is that "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." In fact, Obama is an advocate of the "single payer" system (which is a euphemism for government-only health insurance). Watch this video of Obama from 2003.
President Obama Inadvertently Told The Truth
More recently, Obama has admitted that you can't keep your doctor under Obamacare. In his finger-pointing during a Republican Retreat, Obama stated:
The last thing I will say, though - let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we've presented - and there's some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your - if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you're not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.
In other words, the message was to be that if you liked your doctor, you could keep him or her, but "some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge."
Well, if those provisions violated the pledge, why didn't he say so and have them removed immediately?
Action is needed to block Obama and Pelosi from using "tricks" and "dog and pony" shows to ram through government-run health care.
TAKE ACTION: Your Senators and Representative must hear from you. Tell them NO to any nationalized health care system.