House Majority Leader scoffs at suggestion that Democrats should bother to read health care bill

Steny Hoyer thinks that actually, you know, reading a trillion(+) dollar health care bill is a real laugh riot.  And making it available to the public for 72 hours prior to a vote?  Another knee slapper.

In a stunning remark, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) mocked the suggestion that Democratic lawmakers should actually read their massive health care bill and make it available to the public online for 72 hours before a vote. According to CNSNews.com:

“House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it. …

“Hoyer was responding to a question from CNSNews.com on whether he supported a pledge that asks members of the Congress to read the entire bill before voting on it and also make the full text of the bill available to the public for 72 hours before a vote.

“In fact, Hoyer found the idea of the pledge humorous, laughing as he responded to the question. ‘I’m laughing because a) I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill,’ he said.”

They didn’t read the stimulus bill or the cap and trade bill so why start now?  Perhaps John Boehner should read it line by line from the House floor.  I’d love to see Queen Nancy’s reaction.

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