Railing Against Pelosi's 'Deem and Pass'

As House Democrats consider passing health care reform with a mechanism called "deem and pass," The Atlantic Wire's Max Fisher finds bipartisan consensus against the procedure.

"Deem and pass" is being characterized as a tricky, deceptive maneuver that would subvert the Constitution by allowing Democrats to pass health care without an actual vote. Marc has noted that this is not really true.

"Deem and pass" entails passing the package of reconciliation fixes--i.e., the stuff that many House Democrats want changed about the Senate's health reform bill; the stuff that's popular--and then "deeming" the Senate bill passed by virtue of its post-passage amendment package having passed. This does not mean pushing health care through without a vote at all (as it sounds like from headlines): it means allowing House Democrats to vote on the popular stuff without having to go out on a limb and vote for the Senate bill (which they don't like) first.

Still, there is skepticism about the procedure on both the left and write, as commentators rail against the idea of using it. See Fisher's post for the full rundown.