Monday, December 14, 2009

Cautiously Optimistic that ObamaCare Is Unraveling

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seems to be having a bad time of it lately. In fact, he may be watching both his ObamaCare bill and his career swirl down the drain. There were whiffs in the news last week that the health crap bill was in trouble. Reid has pledged to have this thing done before the Christmas break. He's had the Senate working weekends to get it done. However, as The Hill reported, progress on the bill "ground to a halt" last week. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) says the bill is "on hold" until it returns from the CBO, and she won't vote for it unless she has some assurance that it will bring down health care costs. "Our Claire" has prreviously been one of the most outspoken supporters of everything-Obama, yet her remarks certainly are not the rah-rah language of the past.

The Wall Street Journal is characterizing Reid's actions as "recklessness and panic." Last week, when he evidently didn't have the votes to pass the bill with a public option, Reid came up with a compromise: let people 55 and over buy into Medicare, meaning Reid's bill will expand a government entitlement program that is going broke. Brilliant!

Naked Emporer News has the video: Exposed! Expanding Medicare Has Been Obama's Plan to Get to Single Payer All Along

I'm waiting to see what the CBO says about Reid's compromise bill, and I'm cautiously optimistic that it will be bad news for Reid--and good news for America.

Read The Weekly Standard's article about Reid's machinations, "From Awful to Worse."

And read Bill Kristol's blog post at the Weekly Standard blog: "Did the Medicare Buy-In Just Die on Face the Nation?"

Update. The Poltico reports that the White House is telling Harry Reid to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman: Lieberman threw health care reform into doubt Sunday when he told Reid that he would filibuster the bill if it allowed Americans ages 55 to 64 to purchase coverage in Medicare. His comments on CBS’s “Face the Nation” set off a series of private meetings Sunday between the Senate leadership and top White House aides, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who encouraged Reid to cut the deal with Lieberman, the official said. The White House declined to comment.

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