Congrats to ace reporter Nancy Remsen of the Freeploid, for “breaking” a story only three days after GMD broke if first.
Did a health care bill really die Friday when the House Health Care Committee neither its supporters nor its opponents mustered a majority?
Nope. It’s way too early in this legislative session to declare any bill dead…
Good one, Ms. Remsen. Me, last Friday:
…the truth is, nothing is dead. Any member of the committee can seek reconsideration of the bill on Tuesday. Dr. Till’s vote would break the tie and move the bill onward.
[and] Even if the Health Care Committee fails to pass the soda tax, the health care bill goes to the House Ways and Means Committee…
So yeah, committee chair Mike Fisher’s lament that “everything’s dead”? Either he’s criminally ignorant of parliamentary procedure, or he was deliberately exaggerating. And the media, at least for a few days, bought it.
But apparently Fisher hasn’t recovered from his snit, because as of today, the Health Care Committee had no meetings scheduled for this week. And when asked if his committee would reconsider the bill, as it has every right to do, Fisher left it at “I don’t know.”
For those just joining us, the committee deadlocked on the health care bill after Democrat George Till was called away. In Till’s absence, Fisher knew (or should have known) he faced a tie vote. But since, for reasons unknown, he chose to proceed with the vote, reconsideration of a bill is standard practice. And if he called a new vote tomorrow and Till was present, Fisher would win 6-5.
I’m glad to see at least one reporter has caught up with reality.
p.s. I’m also glad that Remsen was able to get an important fact on the record — one I was only able to get through “sources.” Which is that Chris Pearson and Paul Poirier, who voted “no” on Friday, would have voted “yes” if only one minor change were made to the bill. It would have cost $800,000, which is pocket change in terms of the overall bill. But the Democratic majority didn’t give them what they wanted, and last Friday’s (temporary) setback was the inevitable result.