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Is it true that congress is not reading the healthcare bill before voting?

I heard that the legislation is so long and the time given was so short, congress is voting without studying the bill. I want to hear about it from both parties.

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Asked by Meachan at 11:47 PM on Jul. 21, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It has been disected enough to be stuck in comittee and will likely die there. But yes Obama is trying to rush it thru with no time to read like he did the stimulus and the cap and tax in the house. They know that if they can't egt these things signed fast enough that people can't see whats in them they will be unpopular.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:51 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Obama admitted he had not read the bill recently yet claims to know what is in it. If Mr. Transparency and Line by Line is not reading it I doubt Congressional aides or Congress is fully reading it. Scarey to think all of our worlds could be destroyed and Congress has no clue.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Obama and Dems do not believe in reading the BIlls... They would rather hire speed readers [with tax payer money, of course] to read it for them... And YES, I am serious....


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:00 AM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Congress has NOT been reading anything lately. Pretty sure grly posted a nice link for you.

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:04 AM on Jul. 22, 2009

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    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 2:22 AM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Harold Meyerson..
    Every other nation with an advanced economy long ago secured universal health care for its citizens -- an achievement that the United States alone finds beyond the capacities of mortal man. It wasn't ever thus. Time was when Democratic Congresses enacted Social Security and Medicare over the opposition of powerful interests and Republican ideologues. In fact, our government used to actually pave roads, build bridges and allow for secure retirements by levying taxes on those who could afford to pay them.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:28 AM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Is the additional tax burden on small businesses their concern? If so, good news: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has found that only the top 4 percent of those businesses would be affected by the surcharge that House Democratic leaders proposed, and that's based on the original proposal, before Speaker Nancy Pelosi altered it to include just the wealthiest fraction of the top 1 percent of Americans. Would such a tax impede an economic recovery? In downturns this severe, it's been broad-based consumer spending and public-sector investment that have revived the economy. Private investment doesn't jump-start a revival of purchasing; it follows it.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:28 AM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Congress has NOT been reading anything lately. Pretty sure grly posted a nice link for you.

    Lately?? This has been the case for YEARS, it didn't start 6 months ago...


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:29 AM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Not to this degree it has not been happening AND even if so that makes it all ok with you?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:56 AM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Even Obama hasn't read it! He said that there are provisions in the bill he isn't familiar with yet he is pushing it through. The version he is backing is at 1,000 pages and growing. Who has the time to read such a thing. There is no logical reason for a law to be 1,000 pages long (much less 4,000 pages for the Cap and Trade bill)! This is why I have decided that lawyers should not be allowed to run for Congress. They just get in there and try to make sure laws are so complicated that no one can comply much "interpret the intent of the law".

    Answer by jesse123456 at 12:12 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

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