I have a modest suggestion for the White House: given the stakes, why not simply promise the people of Massachusetts free health insurance for life, if they vote for Coakley?
It’s a perfectly reasonable strategy, given the other special concessions and payoffs that have been needed to drag ObamaCare this far. Non-unionized Americans will be compelled to subsidize lower taxes on the “Cadillac” health care plans of far wealthier union workers. Exactly one state in the union, Nebraska, will receive full Medicaid funding, because that was the dollar value of Senator Ben Nelson’s pro-life beliefs. Hundreds of other payoffs are hidden inside the Senate and House bills, to be periodically discovered by bleary-eyed staffers after the latest two-thousand page printout thuds onto their desks.