“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,”

These words spoken infamously by then Speaker Nancy Pelosi has constantly been cited by Republicans through the years, who oftentimes use this to express their discontent with Obamacare. Pelosi’s words have recurred time and time again, in a way which is meant to convey the way in which is was passed, with little knowledge of what was written.

Now though the senior Democrat in the House of Representatives has a different idea. She does not wish to continue onto a vote on the new health care legislation, until more data is made available.

According to a press release from her office, she wrote a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) today calling for,

“[T]he release of a full, final report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation explaining the GOP Affordable Care Act Repeal bill’s impacts on families and the budget, before committees mark up the legislation this week.”

She added the reasoning for this, she asserted that,

“Members must not be asked to vote on this legislation before the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation have answered the following questions about your legislation in 2018 and 2019, over the 10-year budget window, and in the decade after: How will this bill measure up to the Affordable Care Act and current Medicaid law on coverage, quality, and cost?  And how will it impact Medicare solvency?”

There certainly are many questions which very much should be raised about procedures taking place, to assure the new legislation will actually improve our healthcare system. It is hardly a radical proposal to ask that estimates from the CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation release estimates and answer qeustions about its ramifications. But it certainly is highly questionable when it is coming from Pelosi, who utilized very similar tactics in order to pass the Affordable Care Act.

What do you think, does Pelosi have a good point to be made? Are these statements consistent with what she did in regards to getting Obamacare passed in the first place? Let HYPELINE News know what you think in the comments!

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Jake Leahy is a Staff Writer for Hypeline News, frequent contributor on 560 the Answer in Chicago, and a student at Deerfield High School (IL). Follow him on Twitter @jakealeahy.


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