calfoxwc Posted March 19, 2010 Report Share Posted March 19, 2010 Stephen Lynch calls health care vote plan ‘disingenuous’ Says procedural move would hurt Congress By Jay Fitzgerald Thursday, March 18, 2010 - Boston Herald General Economics Reporter Jay Fitzgerald has been a journalist and blogger for years. He's now the general economics reporter for the Boston Herald. 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. “It is absolutely astonishing that Speaker Pelosi would consider advancing a multitrillion-dollar piece of legislation that would completely overhaul one-sixth of our nation’s economy without even holding a vote in the House of Representatives,” said U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who vowed during his campaign in January to be the “41st vote” against President Obama’s push for health reform. Other members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation were grappling with the pending House vote to effectively concur with a Senate version. In an e-mail alert to constituents Tuesday night, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) said he’s still undecided on the legislation. Like Lynch, he expressed concerns that the bill could hurt Massachusetts’ new universal health-care program. Rep. John Tierney (D-Salem) was also on the fence. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Malden) said yesterday he’s leaning toward supporting the bill, but won’t officially make up his mind until he sees final language of the bill and how it will be voted upon. He said there’s been “no final decision” yet by House leaders on whether to use the “deem and pass” procedure. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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