Pelosi Aide: Health Care Summit a Trick, Strategy on Pro-Abortion Bill Decided

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 10, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pelosi Aide: Health Care Summit a Trick, Strategy on Pro-Abortion Bill Decided

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 10
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — President Barack Obama has proposed a bipartisan health care summit for later this month that Republican detractors bill as a publicity stunt designed to generate more support for the flailing pro-abortion health care bill. Now, an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi essentially admitted that’s the case.

In comments reported by Congress Daily, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s top health care aide Wendell Primus admitted top Democrats have already decided on the strategy to pass the Senate’s government-run health care bill that funds abortions and has other pro-abortion problems.

Primus explained that the Senate will use the controversial reconciliation strategy that will have the House approve the Senate bill and both the House and Senate okaying changes to the bill that the Senate will sign off on by preventing Republicans from filibustering.

“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 said at the National Health Policy Conference hosted by Academy Health and Health Affairs.

“There’s a certain skill, there’s a trick, but I think we’ll get it done,” he said.

Conservative columnist Connie Hair noted Primus’ remarks and called the reconciliation strategy and the White House health care summit two big “rope-a-dope” plays that are "just another in a long charade of dog and pony shows."

Hair says "the end game has already been decided behind closed doors by Democrats who have no intention of letting this opportunity for cradle to grave control over the American people slip away when it’s so close."

"The Senate reconciliation bill trick that would ‘fix’ the Senate-passed health care bill would then have to pass the House. If the fix trick is passed, the plan is to then pass the Senate health care bill through the House and send it all to the President’s desk for signature," she explains.

Hair says the trick may just work to get the pro-abortion health care bill to Obama’s desk, but it would cause an uproar so large that Democrats would likely pay with their political careers at the polls this November.

"The American people have made it perfectly clear they reject the Democrats’ plan for a government takeover of health care. Health care is a policy that impacts every single American that should not pass through questionable trickery and process gimmicks, especially given the substantial majorities enjoyed by Democrats in both chambers," she writes.

She hopes Republicans won’t participate in the health care summit.

"Indeed it is madness to participate in a sham White House summit that merely provides high-profile, ‘bi-partisan’ political cover for Democrat plans that are already in motion to pass government-run health care through reconciliation," Hair concludes.

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