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Pelosi Ally Claims Obamacare Process Was Transparent

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), who allied with Nancy Pelosi on Obamacare in 2009, tried to claim on Wednesday that the Obamacare process was transparent.

At a Wednesday hearing on Obamacare replacement, Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), a Nancy Pelosi ally, tried to claim the Obamacare passage in 2009 was transparent.

“Less than a week later, the House Republicans are reneging on Speaker Ryan’s pledge to introduce their replacement bill,” Castor said. “Unlike House Republicans, Democrats took the Affordable Care Act through an open and transparent process.”

Castor clearly forgot then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s infamous line: “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

It’s strange Castor would forget, though, given she is a close ally of Pelosi. In December 2008, in fact, Castor asked Pelosi if she could “be transferred to the Energy and Commerce Committee” so that she could work on health care.

Pelosi, for her part, happily obliged, saying in July 2009: “[Castor’s] been very constructive and very much understands the challenge. I’m so pleased she’s able to have a seat at the table, bringing a new generation of thinking on health care to the debate.”

It appears there are some short memories in the House Democratic Caucus.