‘Have You Read The Bill?’

There was a funny moment during the floor speech of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) during the final healthcare reform debate on Sunday just prior to the vote.  It was when he was eliciting responses from members of Congress (I’m guessing the responders were largely Republicans).  Anyway, the funny moment starts at the 3:18 mark.

Boehner: Look at how this bill was written.  Can you say it was done openly?

Audience: No!

Boehner:  With transparency and accountability? 

Audience: No!

Boehner: Without backroom deals, and struck behind closed doors, hidden from the people?  Hell no you can’t!  Have you read the bill?

Audience: Yes!

Boehner: Have you read the reconciliation bill? 

Audience: Yes!

Boehner: Have you read the manager’s amendment? 

Audience: Yes!

Boehner: Hell no, you haven’t!

 I actually think he almost started laughing at this point.

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