Rep. Buck McKeon (CA) published a post today on the the prominent California blog, The Flash Report. Check it out here:
Over the past year our country has become fully engaged in the health care reform debate. This is a debate America needed to have. But instead of a bipartisan approach that involves American public input, Democrats are trying to finagle a highly partisan bill through Congress. Twelve months on and the American people crying "foul" has fallen on deaf ears. It is trickery of the worst kind.
Let's take a snapshot of the chaotic health care mess we have at the current time. Speaker Pelosi, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and Presidential Senior Advisor David Axelrod attest that they have the votes to pass the widely despised government takeover of health care. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn both sound less confident. In truth, if Democrats had the votes to pass a bill, they would have already done so, and they would allow the bill to be voted on with a straight up or down vote. Instead, they have resorted to dangerously bending the legislative rules, to "deem" the Senate health care bill as passed by the House - without an actual vote - and move a fast-tracked reconciliation "fix-it" package through the House.
Not only do Democrats not have the votes to pass a reform bill through regular order, they still don't have the votes they need to pass it through "reconciliation," therefore, they have resorted to seedy backroom deals, political payoffs, and kickbacks. Essentially, Democrat rank-and-file members should step up quickly and get what they want, because their leaders are letting them name the price for a yes vote.