Depending on who you ask, abortion coverage may, or may not, be included in the bill that the Senate Democrats passed in the dead of night. Through bullying and, mostly, bribery, the Senate leadership got 60 votes for cloture, thus ending debate. For now. What they achieved was perhaps the most costly bill ever passed on strictly partisan lines. Nowhere to be found was the bipartisanship promised by B.H. Obama.
Oh, who’s he? He’s the guy who carries Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s water in the White House. Or was that supposed to be the other way around? One can’t really blame the president for a lack of leadership, can we? Different branch of government, and all of that. And what can we expect from someone who’s never held a real job?
As for what the Senate seems likely to pass, Robert Samuelson sums it up nicely:
Obama’s plan amounts to this: partial coverage of the uninsured; modest improvements (possibly) in their health; sizable budgetary costs worsening a bleak outlook; significant, unpredictable changes in insurance markets; weak spending control. This is a bad bargain. Health benefits are overstated, long-term economic costs understated.
When Obama tells us, as he did last week, that the country will go bankrupt if we don’t pass Obamacare, perhaps he was having trouble reading his teleprompter. He has it bassackwards. But, then, he is All-Knowing, All-Seeing, Purveyor of Hope’n’Change.
The Senate leadership was apparently able to bribe Sen. Ben Nelson (Spineless-NE) due to some fancy language changes relating to federal funding of abortions. Oh, and then there was the Cornhusker Kickback, which, according to this at Michelle Malkin, will initially cost about $100 million.
That’s money that all those who pay federal taxes will share in providing. As a Virginian, I’m angry: not that I want the Commonwealth to share in this robbery, but that it violates the entire notion of a federal republic. Virginia citizens should not have to be taxed to help Nebraska, just as Nebraskans should not be taxed to help Virginia.
There are still some hurdles for this abortion to become law, and to begin raising our taxes with no benefit for most Americans. Given the Nelson Surrender, and given the venal nature of most politicians, the outlook is grim. The Wall Street Journal has an analysis that may be painful to read but has the bitter ring of truth. It concludes:
…we have this vast expansion of federal control. Never in our memory has so unpopular a bill been on the verge of passing Congress, never has social and economic legislation of this magnitude been forced through on a purely partisan vote, and never has a party exhibited more sheer political willfulness that is reckless even for Washington or had more warning about the consequences of its actions.
Or, as we used to say in the service, BOHICA.