Perhaps They Regret It Now

But if they don’t, I think they will in less than three weeks:

What these figures mean is that in the next Congress and in the next cycle these voters will have large numbers of people in office ready and willing to give them their wish. At the same time, 21 states are filing law suits against it; in state elections voters are voting against it; and bad news surprises — soaring premiums and coverage being dropped by employers and companies — are coming out every day.

As a result, we are seeing something unique in our history: an uprising of voters trying in every way possible to roll back an act that was always unpopular, and was passed by means most people think of as borderline legal, and without legitimacy in any sense of the word.

Whether people object to the act or the way it was passed is a moot question, as the answer is “both of them.” And its chances of surviving in the form it was passed in grow less and less every day.

If Obama vetoes a repeal of this legislative atrocity, I think it will seal his doom in 2012, and probably result in even more Republican gains that year.

[Update a few minutes later]

The White House isn’t sure what’s in the bill. Well, that’s perfectly understandable and completely forgiveable. After all, they were much too busy coming up with other schemes to wreck the economy to have had time to read it.

[Update a while later]

The looming Obamacare oil slick:

Russ Feingold spent the last few years telling everyone that ObamaCare would improve health care and reduce costs, yet 55% of Wisconsin residents did not believe this. Imagine how many people would have been opposed to it if they knew it was actually going to increase costs and reduce quality. All of the bill’s secrets are slowly coming to light.

Shortly after the overall bill was passed, Richard Foster, chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, issued a memo detailing the estimated financial effects of ObamaCare. Common sense would tell most Americans that a memo like this should have preceded the bill, but that would have ruined Feingold and Pelosi’s surprise.

The CMS memo reveals that in 2019 — long after the bill takes effect — there will still be 23.1 million uninsured. What’s more, page 15 of the memo indicates that the long-term care program contained in the bill is projected to run a deficit after 2025 which the CMS declares is “unsustainable.”

Amazingly, while the main reason given for the rush to health care reform was the rising cost of health care, the memo reveals on page 4 that the new reform will actually increase national health expenditures by $311 billion from 2010 to 2019. That’s $311 billion more in health care costs than if we had no reform at all.

I think that historians will look back on this (and not very long from now) and declare it one of the biggest political blunders in history.

7 thoughts on “Perhaps They Regret It Now”

  1. “If Obama vetoes a repeal of this legislative atrocity …” I’d almost bet he will do so. He is, as a building-mate mentioned earlier, a disciple of progressivism (or whatever -ism), and he will do everything he can, including throwing himself, his party, and its members, into the fire in an attempt to save it. He simply cannot back down – it’s not that he won’t, but that he’s unable to.

  2. Of course he’d veto any repeal – the “progressive” playbook is always the same (yawn): institute the “change” by any means necessary, brainwash the next generation to accept it as “status quo” and then deal with the old farts as necessary. (Just don’t call it a “death panel.”)

  3. He simply cannot back down – it’s not that he won’t, but that he’s unable to.
    Any “Triangulation” will be either purely accidental or a trap.
    IMNSHO, if I were the Republicans, I’d send unending waves of “fiscal conservative” things that could get 80% support. “Pay freeze for all non-field-agent federal employees for every year in which a single quarterly GDP growth is below zero.” Freeze all -increases- to non-governmental agencies in any recession, etc.

  4. “Has anyone seen an ad for a Democrat candidate trumpeting how they voted for the health care bill?”

    Not a candidate, but Andy Griffiths is now doing this ad about how Medicare is somehow new and improved — instead of gutted to the tune of 500 billion dollars.

  5. “If Obama vetoes a repeal of this legislative atrocity, I think it will seal his doom in 2012, and probably result in even more Republican gains that year.”

    I think that’s right. I took a sneek peak at the senators up for re-election in 2012, there’s 22 Dems and 11 GOP, most of the GOP seats are solid. if they finish this election at 49 (what I’ve been predicting for months) a 60 seat philibuster proof senate is very realistic.

    Two problems, though, this requires the GOP not dropping the ball over the next two years, and for the country to survive another two years of spiraling deficits. I’m not sure we have the time to wait.

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