Plan C: Obama set to introduce “much smaller” health-care bill on Wednesday

posted at 4:14 pm on March 1, 2010 by Allahpundit

This Fox piece seems like … huge news, but not only is it MIA on Drudge, it’s not even the lead story on Fox. Am I the only one who didn’t know that the giant bill The One dropped on America a few days ago is apparently already dead and buried? Was there some White House announcement about this yesterday, say, oh, halfway through the third period of U.S. versus Canada?

Things sure are moving fast lately, huh?

“In a matter of days, we will have a proposal,” Pelosi said, pointing to Obama’s forthcoming bill.

“It will be a much smaller proposal than we had in the House bill because that’s where we can gain consensus. But it will be big enough to put us on a path of affordable, quality health care for all Americans that holds insurance companies accountable.”…

Melody Barnes, a top Obama domestic policy adviser, did not dispute Pelosi’s characterization of the new plan as smaller in scope — and quite possibly in cost — than either the House or Senate health care bills…

“They (the summit participants) talked about medical malpractice reform and found possible areas of common ground there and so that’s something they (White House staff) will be looking at,” Barnes said. “They (summit participants) talked about purchasing insurance across state lines doing that, though, in a way to make sure people are treated fairly. So, I think we’ll look towards those issues and we will be drawing upon that. The conversation that took place at Blair House was important to us, because we wanted to hear what the leadership in Congress had to say.”

Remember Plan B? The Journal claimed last week, right before the O-Care summit, that Obama was preparing a scaled-down package as back-up in case it looked like the votes weren’t there for his comprehensive leviathan bill. The specs: 15 million insured, one-quarter the cost of Plan A. By shrinking the bill to more modest proportions, they figured they might finally get the votes from Blue Dogs that they need. The only problem? Progressives don’t want a modest bill, they want something ambitious, so Plan B was likely to lose liberal votes even as it picked up centrist ones. “It’s probably the big bill or nothing,” said one top Democratic aide a few days ago to Politico. So here comes Plan C, which I’m guessing won’t be much smaller than the bill Obama introduced last week but will, as Barnes hints, incorporate a few GOP ideas like tort reform. The hope is that liberals will be placated by its sheer size while Blue Dogs will be tempted by the inclusion of a few token conservative proposals to make their vote more defensible to red districts. Pelosi gave you a sneak preview of the new spin yesterday: The bill doesn’t need Republican votes to be “bipartisan,” all it needs are Republican ideas. And if it has Republican ideas, why shouldn’t it be rammed through with reconciliation, right? Voila — Plan C, the first “bipartisan” bill in history aimed at a party-line vote.

Here’s Serpenthead on GMA this morning insisting that Democrats must pass something to prove they can govern, which is just the latest rationalization in the left’s long, long line of self-delusion about the electoral consequences of this nightmare. Madam Speaker seems refreshingly candid by comparison: If you’re going to commit political kamikaze, do it with your eyes open.

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Cybergeezer on March 2, 2010 at 8:51 AM

I have never taken psychedelic drugs, but when I try to figure out what AnninCa tries say, this is what I imagine the experience to be like. Does anyone else feel as disoriented as I do.

As for the plan that they are rolling out tomorrow, don’t they have to go back and vote on it? It is supposedly a different plan and therefore they would have to start the process over. Am I wrong?

Sporty1946 on March 2, 2010 at 9:25 AM

I have never taken psychedelic drugs, but when I try to figure out what AnninCa tries say, this is what I imagine the experience to be like. Does anyone else feel as disoriented as I do.

Sporty1946 on March 2, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Generally, reasonable people don’t react that way when faced with an opinion they don’t agree with.

Dark-Star on March 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Dark-Star on March 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM

So, you are saying you can figure out what she is trying to say. Don’t assume by my comment that I disagree, I cannot figure out what she is saying and therefore cannot agree or disagree. She contradicts herself two or three times in the space of the same number of sentences – very dizzying.

Sporty1946 on March 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM

The dems are thrashing. Joe Biden, Plan C, Reconciliation, “Simple Majority” etc. etc. etc. They cannot do it but instead of fixing the economy the dems keep beating the carcass of ObamunistCare.

And the people suffer while they indifferently dither on something that is not urgent or in need of repair and continue with their orgy of power.

dogsoldier on March 2, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Are you playing really dumb just to put up another story of how the Democrats WILL pass a bill and make EVERY attempt to include a few “R”s in it so to call it bipartisan? I know how much you hate Glenn Beck but he’s been talking about this kind of tactic for weeks now. Plus, we’ve been pawned by it many times over the years. Nothing new here. Start off real big end up with something. No cajones “R”s never repeal entitlements. Once benefits start popping out it becomes like SS, too big to fail even if we colapse under the weight of too much indebtness. Heck, they’d give up our entire military apparatus before they’d give up this!

The American people are going to have to wipe out the entire batch of pols to do anything to clean it up after it’s a done deal. Maybe that’s exactly what this country needs. A fresh new start!

Sultry Beauty on March 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Sporty1946 on March 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Ann is a moderate who needs to ration her posts and clean up her writing style. That’s all.

Though I must say she handles the venom-spewing dittoheads very well.

Dark-Star on March 2, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Allah, you might want to update this post – Weekly Standard says Pelosi is now saying (via her spokesman) that there is no smaller bill.

Pelosi Spokesman: We Aren’t Going to Start Work on a New Smaller Bill

Missy on March 2, 2010 at 12:27 PM