Jan 23, 2010

I Take It Back

Turns out the Democrats can get stupiderer. We just learned that Reid and Pelosi are thinking of using a reconciliation bill to get health care reform done. "Good news!" you say. No. Are they including the very popular public option? No. They are going to appease unions by altering the excise tax to it doesn't effect union members, just regular Joes. Sometimes those regular Joes are known as "voters."

The changes being considered track closely with the agreements House and Senate leaders made in White House meetings last week, according to a source. They include the deal with labor unions to ease the tax on high-end insurance plans, additional Medicare cuts and taxes, the elimination of a special Medicaid funding deal for Nebraska and a move to help cover the gap in seniors’ prescription drug coverage. Pelosi is also working to change the Senate provision that sets up state insurance exchanges. The House prefers a single, national exchange.

So, their solution to Massachusetts voters being angry that Congress is beholden to corporate interests is to also show they are beholden to union interests.

So stupid it is beyond understanding.

Americans clearly want populist legislation. (National exchanges are an idea thought up by The Heritage Foundation, a right wing think tank)

If the Democrats do this, they will be crushed in 2010 and 2012. And they should be.

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