One of the paths to completion the House is considering is to pass an amendment to the Senate bill; once the amendment is passed, the underlying Senate bill will be deemed to have passed without a vote.
The House would, in effect, be passing a bill it didn't vote on.
This process of voting on the amendments and deeming the bill passed would allow House members to return home and say, "I didn't vote for the Senate bill." They could pass a lie-detector test with flying colors. The statement would be truth, but not necessarily truthful.
Possibly this is a new version of truthiness.
Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert might not have invented the word truthiness, but he certainly raised its profile enough for it to become the Merriam-Webster 2006 word of the year. Colbert defined truthiness as "truth that comes from the gut, not books."
It seems we might have a new definition: "technically correct, but not actually true."
"I'm against that, and I think that's really hurting the argument for health care reform when you give the public the appearance that you're not even willing to go on record supporting it," Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., said when asked about this proposed tactic.
Maybe instead of just clouds, there is a bit of haze over Capitol Hill, fogging up our elected officials' thought processes. They need to understand that they cannot just go with the flow on Capitol Hill. The reality is more Americans oppose the health care plan than support it, according to a poll released last week by Gallup.
As for me, I'm glad to have true friends who speak up and bring me back to reality when needed. Let's do the same for Washington.
Don't worry -- everyone will know.