Healthcare pig in a poke

Has anything ever happened like this in the history of Congress? Democrats believe that they can get their party members to pass health legislation without the members actually knowing what is in it. 
If that seems to be impossible, here is how the Tribune describes the process: 

Sweeping legislation seemed to be on the brink of passage in January, after both houses approved bills and lawmakers began working out a final compromise in talks at the White House. But those efforts were sidetracked when Republicans won a special election in Massachusetts -- and with it, the ability to block a vote on a final bill in the Senate.

Now, nearly two months later, lawmakers have embarked on a two-step approach that requires the House to approve the measure passed by the Senate, despite misgivings on key provisions. That would be followed by both houses quickly passing a second bill that makes numerous changes to the first. In the Senate, that second bill would come to a vote under rules that deny Republicans the ability to filibuster.

The details of the second, fix-it measure were closely guarded -- and subject to last-minute changes. In general, officials have said they would provide more money for lower-income families unable to afford health care and states that already provide above average coverage for the poor under Medicaid, as well as improved prescription drug coverage under Medicare.

In other words, lawmakers don't have clue as to what is in the "second, fix-it measure."  But they are expected to vote for it blindly. Democrats are hoping that the process is so arcane and that voters are so stupid or apathetic that they won't be enraged by this legislative hocuspocus. They may be right. 

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