Not So Fast: Rushing Health Bill Is 'Idiotic'

Rather than deem and pass, let's slow down
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2010 2:34 PM CDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Now that Democrats are considering “shoving” health care reform through with deem and pass, it’s time to ask: “Is this sane?” One thing is certain: “Rushing to do the wrong thing is, in a word, idiotic,” writes Kathleen Parker, and it’s high past time for everyone to slow down and consider, “If the bill is so unpopular that it must be passed long before Election Day, could there be a problem with the legislation?”

Lawmakers think deem and pass will allow them to escape responsibility come election time. They apparently consider voters to be "mentally challenged," Parker writes in the Washington Post. As it stands now, “health care reform reeks of maneuvering and the kind of compromises that involve sacks of cash. The latest proposed strategy merely underscores the past year's by-hook-or-by-crook legislative approach.”

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