Does Obama Actually Read Health Bills?

6 10 2009

Big h/t to Jan & Cecil Moon over at Zion Beckons, for this article.

Something tells me that Gibbs is lying for his president. Besides, how can you stay on top of what a final bill will look like when so far there has been over 700 amendments considered for the House Bill (just one recent amendment was over 230 pages), and there are over 54 brand new federal agencies that would have to be invented out of thin air to administer the bill.  And, every day brings a new set of amendments and rules to read and understand.

AHR3200Hell, not only do I want Congress, the Senate, and the President to read every page, I want them to comprehend what they have read. But what do I know, I’m just one of those old timey Conservatives that still believes in character and responsibility. Especially if your gonna be working FOR THE PEOPLE!

Gio-

(CNSNews.com) – President Obama has spent some time in the past few months rebutting critics of the health care legislation being debated in Congress, and telling Americans what he insists it does or does not say about certain issues such as abortion and whether people will be able to keep their current health insurance plans. But the president has only read “a decent part” of the legislation he is describing, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs revealed yesterday.

When a reporter noted at Monday’s press briefing that there had been some discussion on Capitol Hill about whether members of Congress would read the text of the health care bill before voting on it, and then asked Gibbs whether the president would read the bill himself before he signs it into law, Gibbs said: “Well, I think he’s read a decent part of the legislation that’s been bandied around right now, and we should address this as with members of Congress when we have closer to a final piece of legislation.”

The question of whether lawmakers actually read the laws they enact has been a matter of public controversy this year, with people at town hall meetings this summer exhorting their congressional representatives to read the health care bill being debated in Congress.

In February, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) told CNSNews.com that none of his colleagues would be able to read the 1,071-page stimulus bill before voting on it. The final text of that bill was not made available to members of Congress or the public until late at night the day before it was voted into law.
 
“No, I don’t think anyone will have the chance to [read the entire bill],” Lautenberg had told CNSNews.com.
 
In July, as CNSNews.com reported, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) mocked the idea of reading the health care bill. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” he said.
 
Last week, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee which has oversight over the legislation, told CNSNews.com, “I don’t expect to actually read the legislative language because reading the legislative language is among the more confusing things I’ve ever read in my life.”
 
The language in such bills is “arcane,” “hard stuff to understand” and “incomprehensible,” said Carper.
 
On Aug. 4, when Gibbs was initially asked whether Obama would read the entire health care bill, Gibbs made a joke of the question.  “I don’t know what his vacation plans are currently,” said Gibbs.
 
As of now, one version of the health care bill has been produced by three House committees and another has been produced by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. 
 
The Senate Finance Committee is preparing to vote on its own version of the bill, but the text of that bill has not been produced.  The committee is planning to vote instead on a summary of the bill that some committee members call “conceptual” language and others call a “plain English” version of the bill.
 
The House version of the bill, which is available to be read, is more than a thousand pages long.

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4 responses

6 10 2009
Eowyn

Gio,

The quick answer to your question is: NO!

Can’t exactly blame Barry. [SARCASM!]

After all, just the other day Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) said he didn’t read the health care bill either because he finds the bill’s language to be “arcane,” “confusing,” “hard stuff to understand,” “incomprehensible,” and ”gibberish”!

Doesn’t that just inspire confidence in our elected legislators? LOL

7 10 2009
littlemissmuffin

Wait a minute! THEY are the ones who WRITE these bills, and they can’t even understand them? Vote them all out.

7 10 2009
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7 10 2009
DCG

Of course he doesn’t read the bills…he’s too busy with Afghanistan, no scratch that. He’s too busy picking out contemporary art for the White House and making sure lab coats are on hand for photo ops.

Why do any one of them need to read the bill that won’t affect them? You shall have it and enjoy it whether you like it or not!

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