Everybody hates the health care bill. Leftists despise it because it has no government plan and mandates that individuals buy health care from the hated private insurance companies. Conservatives hate it because it is a massive expansion of government intrusion into our lives and because it is a budget buster. This bill has something for everyone to hate. Yet it is about to be passed in a straight party line vote.
Never before has a bill this huge and this important passed along 100% partisan lines. Never before has a bill this huge and this important been shoved through so hastily and scheduled for a vote at 1:00 am. Never before has a bill with this much opposition been passed with one party casting 100% of yea votes and the other party casting 100% of the nay votes. This is new territory.
Yet nobody can stop it. There isn’t a single leftist who will stand up for his constituents and say no. There isn’t a single “blue dog” or abortion opposing Democrat willing to stop it. The Democrats have 100% of their caucus lined up to commit political hari-kari. They will pay dearly for what they do.
They know it is a budget buster. The Congressional Budget Office protested again and again that they are being forced to calculate seven years of benefits on ten years of tax revenues. They were forced to calculate tax revenues starting in 2010 but no benefits paid out until 2014. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could apply a year of paychecks to eight months of bills? That is exactly the voodoo economics that is being used to calculate the imaginary deficit reduction. Extend the window another few years and the program grows the deficit annually. They aren’t talking about that, however.
The CBO also stated emphatically that they do not believe that the cuts to Medicare required in the bill will occur or be sustained. If they don’t occur (and they won’t; they never do) the deficit will increase almost immediately. That congress will have the will to cut Medicare is a ridiculous fantasy.
Still, here they go, into the breach. They are going to ram through, in the dead of the night, in the next few days, a bill that nobody, anywhere likes. They must vote within the next 26 hours, they say, on a bill that provides no benefits until 2014.
They seem to have lost their minds. They are marching through territory that has never been trod upon in American political history. The result should be swift and certain retribution from the American people. This isn’t representative democracy. This is a political kamakzi mission.