Politicians have been known to stretch the truth.
Nancy Pelosi is no exception.
But the whopper she just told stands out as maybe the most absurd lie she’s ever told.
Now that Republicans control both houses of congress, as well as the Presidency, they can finally make good on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Democrats used the process known as reconciliation to pass the health care law through the Senate after Scott Brown won the special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat and the Democrats had lost their 60 seat super majority.
Reconciliation allows laws to pass on a simple majority vote and bypass a Republican filibuster.
Not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted for Obamacare.
Yet Pelosi has attacked Republicans for wanting to use the same process to repeal Obamacare.
In a press conference exchange with CNS News, she defended those attacks by claiming Obamacare was bipartisan legislation.
Breitbart reports on the exchange:
“CNS: You expressed yesterday opposition to repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood through reconciliation. How do you square that with that’s how the Democrats were able to put Obamacare in place in the first place?
Pelosi: Actually – thank you for asking that question. The Affordable Care Act was passed not under reconciliation when it first came to the Congress.
So the main part of the bill – House and Senate – was not under reconciliation. The final version, which was just some tweaks — I would have liked more – were what were done under reconciliation.
But the bulk of the bill – if you look back to the history of it – the bulk of the bill was done … on the 60-vote rule, not under reconciliation.
CNS: But it passed without a single Republican vote.
Pelosi: Well … 60 Democrats then and then the two bills passed and then the Senate bill was a little bit different from the House bill, so some of those changes were not, shall we say, structural; it was just some changes in the legislation that did go under reconciliation. But by and large the whole process was done with the 60 votes – hundreds of hearings, bipartisan, over and over again.
Some Republican amendments taken, some Democratic amendments taken; some Democratic and Republican amendments modified; some Democratic and Republican amendments rejected. They were treated in a similar fashion.”
Pelosi is telling a massive lie.
The original Obamacare bill passed the Senate with 60 votes in December of 2009.
But the House bill differed from the one passed in the Senate.
One of the big differences was the “Cornhusker kickback” which funneled $100 million in Medicaid funding to Nebraska, which essentially purchased the vote of Senator Ben Nelson and allowed the bill to break a Republican filibuster.
That would normally mean both bills needed to be worked out in conference committee and the legislation it produced would need to be voted on again by both Houses.
But when Scott Brown won his special election, it denied Democrats a filibuster proof majority in the Senate making that strategy impossible.
So what the Democrats did was have the House pass the same bill as the one that made it through the Senate in December of 2009 and the Democrats amended using reconciliation in the Senate.
Without reconciliation, the legislation never would have passed, since no Republicans actually voted for the bill and the Democrats never would have been able to break a GOP filibuster.
And Nancy Pelosi is lying about it on multiple fronts.