Dems to pass on “deem and pass”

The word is that the House will abandon the “deem and pass” strategy and have a straight-up vote on the Senate version of Obamacare. In addition, but separately, the House will vote on amendments to the Senate version that could be adopted through “reconciliation” in the Senate.
I think this means one of two things: (1) Pelosi has the votes to pass the Senate version or (2) she has concluded that there are no extra votes to be gained through “deem and pass.” It also means, of course, that “deem and pass,” having been the object of much ridicule, was inflicting collateral damage on the Dems.
Some ridicule remains fair because the Democrats voted against a Republican attempt to have “deem and pass” renounced.

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