Senate Dems back repeal of a tax in Obama health law; are other unpopular provisions next?

  • Article by: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 22, 2013 - 12:32 PM
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barrysoetoroMar. 22, 13 1:02 PM

Is this meant to be a serious question, because if it is I would have to say YES. The bill is about 13,000 pages and was not read or scrutinized by either party. Nancy Pelosi herself said, "we need to pass this bill so we can know what's in it." To ask if there will be other unpopular provisions is almost a certainty.

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firefight41Mar. 23, 13 7:35 AM

Maybe they should have read the bill before voting on it.

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adliblogMar. 23, 13 9:21 AM

Maybe they should have read the bill before voting on it. *** Congress theoretically represents the voters. To do that they must get re-elected. To get re-elected they must obtain dollars from...or avoid targeting by... lobbyists for special interests. These lobbyists especially focus on chairmen and key committee members. They even help to write a bill while it's in committee. As the proposed legislation comes out of committee lawyers for these special interests read the bill and lobbyists advise friendly Congressional Reps on how to vote. So unless two powerful competing interest groups disagree over some article or provision of the legislation there's little reason for the Congressional Rep to read the bill at all. In the case of caucuses within a political party special interests might even say "take me to your leader" and get the group discount...vs lobbying individual Reps. No brainers all around for that caucus! And more efficiencies in ad buys for their re-elections. Bombarded with these ads voters conclude their Reps are doing a good job (or not) without giving it much thought or reading the fine print either.

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firefight41Mar. 25, 13 9:56 AM

Maybe they should have read the bill before voting on it. *** Congress theoretically represents the voters. ******************* Operative word is "theoretically". In more cases than not, Congress represents themselves.

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