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Reversal: Democrats Abandon “Slaughter Solution” Under Pressure from GOP

March 20th, 2010 by AHFF Geoff

House Democrats just now announced they are abandoning the "Slaughter Solution" under pressure from the GOP and will indeed hold an up or down vote on the Senate bill

In an amazing reversal that happened just moments ago, Congressional Democrats now appear to be reversing their plan to use the “Slaughter Solution” to “deem” the Senate bill “passed” without an up or down vote.   Republicans had been pressuring congressional Democratic leaders for the past few weeks to do exactly that, and the Washington Post now confirms “deem and pass” is dead:

House leaders have decided to take a separate vote on the Senate health-care bill, rejecting an earlier, much-criticized strategy that would have permitted them to “deem” the unpopular measure passed without an explicit vote.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Saturday that the House would take three votes Sunday: first, on a resolution that will set the terms of debate; second, on a package of amendments to the Senate bill that have been demanded by House members; and third, on the Senate bill itself.

The abandonment of the “Slaughter Solution” by Democrats, under pressure from GOP leaders, is a welcome development in the health care reform debate which likely heads off a potential constitutional crisis if such a strategy was used. Now, all eyes will focus on the up or down vote on the Senate bill itself tomorrow.

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6 Responses to “Reversal: Democrats Abandon “Slaughter Solution” Under Pressure from GOP”

  1. What doesn’t our president just deem the bill passed and signed? Democracy is too messy for Barry. Besides, “the time for democracy is over”, I believe that’s what he always says, I could be wrong.

  2. AHFF Geoff says:

    Well, my guess is that the Slaughter Solution was solely designed as a red herring to distract from the horrible contents of the bill in general

  3. Dr. Spank says:

    That distraction turned a lot of people against the bill, tainted the process if you will. That’s a bad strategy if that is what it was.

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