While it was largely lost in the debate over passage of Pelosi-care on Saturday night, it may turn out that the most politically costly vote many Democrats cast was against the Motion to Recommit.
Simply put, the Motion to Recommit gives the minority party one last chance to force a vote on a change to the underlying bill. Here's a summary sent out by the Republican leadership of the Motion to Recommit on the health care overhaul:
The Republican Motion to Recommit H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi’s Government Take-Over of Health Care, would amend the bill to add medical liability reform (savings of $54 billion) and use the savings achieved to create a “Seniors Protection and Medicare Regional Payment Equity Fund.”
The fund would require the Secretary to prioritize funding to protect those seniors hit hardest by the cuts to Medicare under Speaker Pelosi’s bill. Specifically, the purpose of the fund would be to:
- Preserve seniors’ access to Medicare Advantage,
- Protect seniors’ access to medically-necessary care (including seeing doctors and hospitals without waiting in lines, and preventing coverage determinations based on cost), and
- Address payment inequities and geographic variations in Medicare that hurts seniors who live in areas with high-quality, low-cost services.
The Pelosi Government Take-Over of Health Care cuts more than $500 billion from Medicare, leaving seniors with reduced benefits and fewer choices. While at the same time, the Pelosi bill protects trial lawyers by not addressing real medical liability reform, a critical reform that would reduce health care costs for all Americans. The Republican motion to recommit offers Members a choice on who to protect: seniors or trial lawyers.
Naturally, almost every Democrat in the House of Representatives voted against the motion. They are bound to face commercials attacking them for supporting their trial lawyer buddies instead of Medicare recipients. Here's a taste:
I suspect we'll see a lot of forlorn-looking senior citizens looking out windows in campaign ads next year. I think they're hiding behind the curtains, lest they be spotted by the roving bands of death panelists.