Stephen Lynch calls health care vote plan ‘disingenuous’
Says procedural move would hurt Congress
Jay Fitzgerald By Jay Fitzgerald
Thursday, March 18, 2010 - Updated 4h ago
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Jay Fitzgerald has been a journalist and blogger for years. He's now the general economics reporter for the Boston Herald.
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Stephen Lynch calls health care vote plan ‘disingenuous’ - BostonHerald.com
Even one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s floor whips, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, says a proposed parliamentary move to pass health-care reform would be “disingenuous” and harm the credibility of Congress.
In a sign of how tough it’s been for Pelosi to round up votes for the massive bill, Lynch - a South Boston Democrat who supported a House reform package last year - said he’ll probably vote against a key Senate version of the legislation, unless unexpected major changes are made soon.
Lynch, who serves as one of Pelosi’s key vote counters, said he also can’t support a proposed “deem and pass” procedure that would allow Democrats to vote to strip out controversial portions of the Senate bill and then “deem” that the entire package has passed without a second, direct vote.
“It’s disingenuous,” said Lynch, who considers unfair a Senate provision to tack a surcharge on higher-end health plans. “It would really call into question the credibility of the House.”
Other Democrats have countered that the “deem and pass” tactic has been employed before, including when Republicans were in the majority in Congress.
But Republicans yesterday were ripping into the plan.