Friday, December 18, 2009

Let's See How This Plays Out

Democrats Descend Into Brawl Over Health Care

With just days remaining to prove that they can meet a self-imposed Christmas deadline and pass President Barack Obama's signature initiative through the Senate, Democrats seeking a rendezvous with history instead detoured to an intraparty brawl.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was poised to release the latest version of the Senate legislation as early as Friday, but it was unclear what kind of reception he'd get. Labor leaders said the bill was soft on the insurance industry, and former party chairman Howard Dean said he'd vote against it if he were a senator.

All eyes were on the only known Democratic holdout, moderate Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, whose primary concern is that abortion funding restrictions in the bill were too lax. Nelson indicated Thursday he still was not happy but would keep talking with Reid, who needs 60 votes to push through Republican opposition.
Liberals are furious over the compromises Reid had to make to keep the bill alive. Gone is a government insurance plan modeled on Medicare. So is the fallback, the option of allowing aging baby boomers to buy into Medicare. The major benefits of the bill won't start for three or four years, and then they'll be delivered through private insurance companies.
The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, and the Service Employees International Union both expressed deep disappointment. The Senate bill includes a tax on high-cost insurance plans that unions fear will hurt their members.


This is the nightmare that won't end for Democrats.

The one saving grace they thought they had was that if they could not pass health care reform, they could dump the blame on Republicans.

Problem is they are their own worst enemy, and worse, it's a public fight.

Health care could be the final nail in their 2010 mid term election coffin.

The economy and deficit were going to be killers so I think a lot of the swing or right of center seats they hold were already gone.

With the health care debate though, there may not be a win salvageable.

They are publicly embarrassing themselves with the steady string of concessions and bribes for votes.

Now the bill they pass will be so devoid of far left causes they may lose their base. They will likely wind up with a bill that will not have either tax-payer funded abortions or a public option, the dual Holy Grails for the left.

There was great hope on the left that their time had finally come with both the most liberal President ever and the most far left Congressional leadership, at least in modern times.

This group can't pass abortion funding. They can't push through a takeover of health insurance. We will stay in Iraq for the foreseeable future. We are sending more troops to Afghanistan. We haven't taxed the rich into poverty yet. The Homeland Security Director is even starting to use the word terrorism again.

Imagine the disappointment.

The Dems could go to the polls next year with conservatives fired up, independents having lost any trust in both them and Obama, and the left being disappointed and deflated.

2010 may be a rough year for Dems.


Brooke said...

This is a huge debacle; it's possible that they'll just come back later and amend the damn thing to say whatever they want.

I do love that they can't pull it together. HA!

Further, if they DO pass this thing on Christmas Eve night, they can just go ahead and pack their bags in anticipation for November.

cube said...

A debacle that will be owned by the democrats. Rest assured though, that the MSM will spin it as favorably as possible and the ones voted out in November will have cushy jobs waiting for them in BO's administration.

LomaAlta said...

Chuck, let's sincerely hope you have underestimated the DEM's problems.

Merry Christmas my friend. LA

Chuck said...

Brooke, I heard a comment that if the GOP retakes Congress next year they may be able to repeal it? It would be tough to get it past Obama but maybe if they put it on a spending bill?

Cube, whatever comes out will be wonderful per the MSM

LomaAlta, I would be happy to be wrong that way.

Happy Christmas to you too.

DaBlade said...

"2010 may be a rough year for Dems"

I know we will do our part to make this so! Great stuff Chuck!

Anonymous said...

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Karen Howes said...

I'm actually not taking much pleasure in this myself, Chuck... regardless of whether there's abortion funding or not or whatever, if this thing passes, it will mean another huge section of the economy under the control of the government... which means more people working FOR the government, which means more people beholden to it and therefore unwilling to support anything that will cap its size or power.

So we can vote all of these people out, sure... but the damage will already by done.

Z said...

Well, Chuck, you'll be thrilled about this morning's news, I'm sure. There were Harkin and Dodd and Max what's his name all POURING PRAISE over Harry Reid..the 'quarterback' the 'leader'..yadda yadda. You could puke.

McConnell did a rebuttal and SOARED...the best I've seen him.."Why NOW, at Christmas when most Americans aren't paying attention? Why at MIDNIGHT? Why did Nebraska and Vermont suddenly get Medicaid help when other states are suffering (guess!)?"

I'd say McConnell was masterful, but that's the word Harkin used for Dodd. Puke again. (Sorry for the pukes, but I figure in your line of business, You're not offended :-)

Chuck said...

DaBlade, I intend to do what I can to make things go well for them

Anon, thanks

Karen, I understand what you are saying but I was actually just thinking about this. The GOP cannot likely over-ride this if they take control next year, they would have to overcome an Obama veto.

What will happen though is that they have to fund it. This is where the real power will be, the purse strings.

If the GOP can retake Congress next year, this may be a win-win. We do need some kind of health care reform, the system is broken. What may happen is the GOP may be able to hold it ransom for some actual real bipartisan reforms?

Just a thought...

Z, they are sneaking in by the dark of night with bribery, etc.

As far as the puking, I'm okay. We all have an issue though, mine is stool. Yuck