Deem It Passed! I Don’t Think So!
I’m no lawyer, though right now I wish I were a Constitutional Lawyer. I don’t think the version of the Health Care Bill that the House wants to DEEM passed can be signed into law in it’s present state. Here’s my thinking.
As I understand it, the House is trying to pass individual bills, (which are the add-ons they wanted in the Senate bill) or the Reconciliation Amendments to the Senate Bill. But I believe they can’t add those amendments to the Senate Bill until after the Senate version of the Health Care Bill has actually been signed, by Obama and put into law.
The House members don’t have the guts to vote on the bill, because they don’t want their names attached to it for fear of losing their cushy jobs. So, they want to push it thru by DEEMING it Passed.
I don’t believe that the House can say that they DEEM the Senate version of the Health Care bill passed, when they actually added on the Education Bill to the Health Care Bill after the fact. Therefore they have changed the entire makeup of the Senate Health Care bill that was voted on by the Senate. Thus, making the Senate Health Care Bill with the addition of the Education Bill an entirely new bill, which the Senate did not vote on.
If the exact same version of the Health Care Bill is not voted on by both Houses, then it can not be submitted to the President to sign into law.
Therefore you can’t DEEM the Senate version passed, because the Senate never voted on the bill with the Education Bill attached to it, which the House has promised their constituents that they would do.
So, Obama can’t sign all these little amendments that the House wants to add onto the Senate Health Care bill, because the Senate never voted on those amendments. If the Senate doesn’t vote on the amendments then the President cannot sign them into law.
As it stands now, there are two Senate versions of the Health Care Bill. The one they voted on and the one the House added the Education Bill to, that the Senate DID NOT VOTE ON.
We have a real big mess here. I am truly ashamed of these elected officials in Congress. They have set a terrible example for the children in this country, one that will be hard for someone to explain to them. If this bill passes, then our young will think and believe that the “ends justify the means”.
How very sad for America that it has come to this. If either version of the Health Care Bill passes it means the Bad Guys Win.
Make no mistake, the Administration and the Congress (this Congress) are the bad guys. ss