Like flies swarming on fresh cow manure, Senate Democrats are abuzz with giddiness over the prospects of delivering a Christmas Eve win to the Exalted One. Obama himself said the Senate legislation accomplishes 95 percent of what he wanted. “Every single criteria for reform I put forward is in this bill.”
Oh, really? Ramesh Ponnuru at the Washington Post points out:
Obama promised not to raise taxes for anyone making less than $250,000. The Senate bill includes several tax increases that apply to people who make less than that.
Obama said he wanted a bill that would leave the status quo in place with respect to federal financing of abortion. The Senate bill provides federal funds to help pay for the cost of insurance plans that cover abortion.
Obama said there would be no benefit cuts. The bill cuts Medicare benefits, as the Congressional Budget Office has confirmed.
Obama said that health legislation shouldn’t add a “dime” to the deficit. Unless you believe that Congress is going to allow steeper cuts in doctor payments than it has done before, it will add a lot more than a dime.
He said legislation would cut premiums. CBO reports that a lot of premiums will go up.
He said that legislation would reduce health-care costs. The administration’s actuaries say it would cause national health-care spending to go up.
This, my friends, is what Nancy Pelosi has called her “Christmas gift to the American people.” This is like borrowing your friends credit card, buying a car with it, and then presenting him with the car on Christmas morning as a gift. The only gift we’re getting out of Obamacare is: More Regulation, More Debt and More Taxes.
By the way, where do we go to return our “gift?”