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Out, Out, Damned Deem!

March 16th, 2010 . by economistmom

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I have to agree with the Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson, the Washington Post’s editorial board, and I’m sure many, many Americans, that this damned “deeming” thing to allow the House to come up with a passed-then-modified version of the Senate health reform bill, is not just very silly.  Worse, it’s exactly the wrong way to go about gaining the trust of the American public, and seems yet another example of the lack of courage among the Democrats.  As Harold puts it:

What’s ridiculous about the Democratic deeming is that the Republicans are going to run against them with the provisions of the Senate bill whether the Democrats vote for it or not. What the Democrats need to do is man-up and woman-up and just pass the Senate bill, idiocies and all, and then amend it forthwith through reconciliation. I share the House Democrats’ contempt for the Senate (the existing Senate, anyway), but as I noted in a column a few weeks back, if the Democrats sacrifice health reform on the altar of bicameral mistrust, future historians will look back at them and pronounce, “These guys were jerks.”

Just pass the bill, amend it, and go home for the holidays.

3 Responses to “Out, Out, Damned Deem!”

  1. comment number 1 by: BillSmith

    Has “deeming” been tested in the courts?

  2. comment number 2 by: SteveinCH

    Deeming has a lot of precedent but hasn’t been explicitly tested in the courts. There’s several long debates on volokh.com about it.

    I actually think deeming is worse politically than voting on the Senate bill. The issue I suspect is there aren’t 216 votes for the Senate bill directly so the Speaker sees this as her only option.

  3. comment number 3 by: AMTbuff

    I think the voters already deem Obama and the Democrats to be completely out of touch with America. When the public was crying out for attention to reviving the economy, the Democrats have spent over a full year doing nothing but attempting to advance their partisan agenda.

    Imagine if Bush had spent a year attempting to pass large tax cuts with even larger out-year costs. Imagine that the public had entirely different priorities, and opposed the tax cuts by a substantial margin. Imagine that Bush pushed ahead anyway. Can you imagine what the media would say? I can’t. Yet this is the current scenario, and the media is playing cheerleader! It’s a good thing that the voters get to speak, albeit only at election time.