posted at 4:29 pm on November 29, 2009 by Dafydd ab Hugh
We haven’t posted since Thursday because for us, Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet; it’s a complicated dance involving my sister’s in-laws and trying to juggle two Thanksgivings at two different locations, coupled with several other family members having made commitments for Friday and Saturday — don’t ask! So we’re doing our Thanksgiving today. (And we personally are the ones who make the turkey, stuffings, gravy, cornbread, pies, baklava, and such; so we’ve been busy cooking.)
But I have a quick post before I must go make the giblet gravy from the turkey drippings…
AP has a story up essentially recapitulating what you all already know if you read Big Lizards — or Power Line, Patterico’s Pontifications, Hot Air, our dearest Michelle, or pretty much any other political blog. I’m sure even Daily Kos has discussed it, the fact that, while there were sixty votes (barely!) in the Senate to kick off debate, there are nowhere near sixty votes to finish debate and move to a vote; I doubt there are even fifty:
The 60 votes aren’t there any more.
With the Senate set to begin debate Monday on health care overhaul, the all-hands-on-deck Democratic coalition that allowed the bill to advance is fracturing already. Yet majority Democrats will need 60 votes again to finish.
Some Democratic senators say they’ll jump ship from the bill without tighter restrictions on abortion coverage. Others say they’ll go unless a government plan to compete with private insurance companies gets tossed overboard. Such concessions would enrage liberals, the heart and soul of the party.
There’s no clear course for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to steer legislation through Congress to President Barack Obama. You can’t make history unless you reach 60 votes, and don’t count on Republicans helping him.
Yes, yes, we already know that; but for those poor schlimazels who get their news from the daily newspaper, this story will be a stunner. However, here is the part that caught my attention:
But Reid is determined to avoid being remembered as another Democrat who tried and failed to make health care access for the middle class a part of America’s social safety net.
When did an attempt to extend health insurance to the deserving poor — and force, under threat of prison time, everyone else to buy health insurance, even if they don’t think they need it (perhaps they have a medical savings account and catastrophic care coverage) — when did AP drop the pretense and admit that this boondoggle was really an entitlement program for the entire “middle class,” whatever that is?
I know that’s what it always secretly was; but I mean to ask, When did Democrats and their press accessories after the fact decide to openly acknowledge that the poor have nothing to do with it?
There are more buried nuggets in this story, starting with the casual truculence of this attack on Capitalism:
[ObamaCare] would ban onerous insurance industry practices such as denying coverage or charging higher premiums because of someone’s poor health.
“Onerous” means burdensome, unfair, oppressive; since people already in “poor health” before signing up for insurance will cost Aetna or Blue Cross much more money, why shouldn’t they have to pay somewhat higher premiums? Again, I thought the problem arose when folks with pre-existing conditions were flatly denied coverage… because that would force them into already overtaxed trauma centers for the most minor of medical treatments.
Of course we cognoscenti already knew the bill includes a sneaky provision to stop insurance companies from charging even slightly more for those with pre-existing conditions; but I hadn’t seen before, in the health-insurance debate, such a buck-naked presentation of “from each according to his ability to each according to his needs!” I thank the Associated Press for finally fessing up and letting their cards fall on the table.
By the way, AP gives us some new statistics:
The public is ambivalent about the Democrats’ legislation. While 58 percent want elected officials to tackle health care now, about half of those supporters say they don’t like what they’re hearing about the plans, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
Half of 58% is 29%; so if we add together those supporters of health-insurance “reform” who reject the specifics of ObamaCare and the 42% who don’t think we should even be monkeying with it right now — instead of doing something about the wars or jobs or somesuch — that appears to make around 71% not in favor of the bill, submitted to the Senate by Majority Leader Harry “Pinky” Reid (D-Caesar’s Palace, 70%). A 70-30 split against ObamaCare among the electorate doesn’t augur well for the bill’s passage.
There is no new information about the content of Reid’s radical revisionism; but the revelation that the major media are finally turning somewhat honest in the debate, letting people know a least a few of the “onerous” details (they still won’t mention the staggering taxes), makes it distinctly less likely that “PinkyCare” will ultimately pass: Silence was always key to success.
Sorry, Harry; I’m afraid you’re going to be remembered as the Democratic senator who screwed up ObamaCare. Or to be more precise, the former Democratic senator.
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…