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Republicans wanted to get even for the Democrats' shenanigans

Laws and LegislationAffordable Care Act (Obamacare)Barack ObamaNancy Pelosi

If I had been a GOP senator or representative back when the Democrats rammed through the Affordable Care Act in 2010, I would certainly be fit to be tied and try to fight back. Let's review just some of the shenanigans the Democrats perpetrated.

First, they used a budget process called "reconciliation" so they would only need 51 votes to pass the measure. Name one other major legislation that used this method.

Next, they included "pork" to many states —e.g. the "Cornhusker Kickback" — where we have to pay Nebraska's Medicaid bills. This was done to procure the necessary votes.

Three, they rejected every GOP amendment that was offered. And although the GOP asked for just two major items at an all-day televised sit-down with President Barack Obama — tort reform and allowing health insurance companies to sell policies across states — the president listened but did not act.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her colleagues to pass the bill — then read it. And finally, President Obama had said all pending legislation would be available online five days before a vote, yet that wasn't the case with the ACA.

What else could you have expected from the Great Deceiver?

Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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