John Conyers, House Judiciary Chairman, and apparently an adept at missing the blindingly obvious, doesn't understand the point of reading the bill before voting on it:
“What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”
If you haven't read the bill, you shouldn't vote for it, Mr Conyers. If we had anything approaching a decent system in this country, voting for something without reading it would land people like you in jail. If you and your colleagues actually read the bills and limited yourselves to passing laws you actually understand we would be a bit better off than we are now.
These people are too far gone. I doubt very many congressmen bother reading bills; I don't think the Republicans normally do it either, but this healthcare bill is so demonstrative of lunacy that it is politically useful for the Republicans to do so now. When was the habit of congressmen actually reading the bills lost? I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised if it hasn't been over a century since the majority of them actually bothered.