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Castor: Flap over health care vote (or non-vote) is desperate GOP ploy



Castor Florida Rep. Kathy Castor today scoffed at criticism of a possible move by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to avoid a vote on the health care bill and instead "deem" it passed.

"At this point, process is not important. It’s getting it done," the Tampa Democrat told the St. Petersburg Times. "The process that really is at issue is that these insurance companies have put families through in denying their claims when they paid their premiums, denying coverage."

She said objections to the procedural maneuver are simply another "last-minute roadblock" from the GOP. They and the insurance companies will do anything to distract us at the end."

But the criticism is broader than that. Newspapers today are full of criticism over "deemed" process. Doesn't the public have a right to know where its representatives stand on the biggest social policy since Medicare and Social Security? And doesn't this feed into the distrust that already exists?

"Everyone is going to know," Castor insisted, saying that even under the deeming process there will be a vote.

"I really don’t think it matters," she added. "We’ll look back years from now and that will not be what the great debate was about. The great debate will be about what we did to help families and small business afford health care in America."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:30pm]


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