The Democratic talking points we keep hearing ad nauseum is that every step of the way the Republicans have been open to participate in crafting the health care reform, but have chosen not to.
These statements keep being made despite the fact that meetings on the Senate bill were behind closed doors and only the Democratic caucus was allowed in the room — despite the fact that when President Obama met with Senators on Capital Hill and in the White House, it was only Democratic Senators.
Now, they are taking the bastardization of our legislative system to a new level.
According to Newsmax:
House and Senate Democrats intend to bypass traditional procedures when they negotiate a final compromise on health care legislation, officials said Monday, a move that will exclude Republican lawmakers and reduce their ability to delay or force politically troubling votes in both houses.
The unofficial timetable calls for final passage of the measure to remake the nation’s health care system by the time President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, probably in early February.
Democratic aides said the final compromise talks would essentially be a three-way negotiation involving top Democrats in the House and Senate and the White House, a structure that gives unusual latitude to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
These officials said there are no plans to appoint a formal House-Senate conference committee, the method Congress most often uses to reconcile differing bills. Under that customary format, a committee chairman is appointed to preside, and other senior lawmakers from both parties and houses participate in typically perfunctory public meetings while the meaningful negotiations occur behind closed doors.
In this case, the plan is to skip the formal meetings, reach an agreement, then have the two houses vote as quickly as possible. A 60-vote Senate majority would be required in advance of final passage.
While nobody actually believes the Democratic talking points about the Republicans being welcomed participants in the formation of health care legislation, this latest move by the gang of three again confirms that President Obama, Pelosi and Reid have no plans to work with Republicans, nor pass legislation in line with what the American public wants.
As President Obama has said, “I won”, which he believes gives him the right to do anything he wants.