C.E. Dyer reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi actually claimed that Obamacare, the legislation that passed on March 21, 2010 with no Republican votes in support and 34 Democrats against it, was “bipartisan.” Pelosi’s, comments that seriously call into question what planet she’s living on, came during a press conference exchange with CNSNews.com.
CNS asked Pelosi: “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 answered: “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.”
Pelosi added: “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 then pointed out “But it passed without a single Republican vote.”
That didn’t seem to phase Pelosi who claimed:
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.
As Breitbart pointed out, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities had a much different take than Pelosi: “Reconciliation was most recently used in 2010 to help pass the Affordable Care Act and modify the federal student loan program, and then in 2016 in a vetoed attempt to repeal key elements of the Affordable Care Act.”
Remember what Pelosi now famously said before Obamacare was passed: “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”
Yeah, away from all that “bipartisan” fog, right Pelosi?