Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Obama Plans to Dither--on Health Care?

Coming from Obama, this has got to be some pretty bad news, especially for Senators, who have worked weekends and insane around-the-clock hours so that Harry Reid could get his vote on health care in the can by Christmas Eve.

Politico is reporting this morning that the White House "anticipates health care talks to slip into February"--past his State of the Union address. Really? I thought the whole point of Harry Reid holding the Senate hostage for the past few weeks was so this health crap bill could be voted on in time for Obama to take credit for passing the bill when he speaks to the country in January. The State of the Union address is typically delivered on the last Tuesday in January, although that is by tradition, not by law. So maybe the address will be held up as well. That's fine with me--how about some time next summer?

Instead of finishing the health bill, HotAir is reporting that Obama plans a "very hard pivot" to a new jobs bill. Is anyone else wondering if our president is suffering from a serious case of ADD?

The reason for the anticipated delay, Politico is also reporting, may be that Nancy Pelosi and the House are going to make more trouble than previously thought about negotiating the differences between the Senate and the House health bill. When it comes to theater of the absurd, Nancy Pelosi is front and center--so the idea that she might make trouble on these health care negotiations can come as no serious surprise to anyone.

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey writes: The other term for “hard pivot” is “dithering.” The more Obama dithers, the less likely ObamaCare becomes.

If that's optimism that the bill won't pass coming from Morrissey, I can't say that I share it. The health bill sure seems like a done deal to me. Curiously, however, some pundits even at this late date seem to be hold out some hope that the bill won't get to Obama's desk. Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard wrote this morning, "It Could Still Go Down." I don't think so, but "it ain't over till it's over," so maybe there's still a slim hope that this health care bomb could blow up in our legislators' faces.

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