Obamacare, It Ain’t Over Until January 3, 2011
Posted by Warren Peterson on March 12, 2010
Democrats want anything that can be legitimately called historic heath care reform so badly they can taste it. It is just a problem of definition of what constitutes reform. Right now it is the Senate version of Obamacare but solid Republican opposition, significant public hostility, left wing demand for single payer, pro and con on abortion coverage appear to be preventing Madam Speaker Pelosi from garnering the votes to pass the Senate bill in the House. If she can horse trade or coerce enough Blue Dog Democrats and liberals with doubts to get the bill passed, Obama will sign it. Once law, it will be with us forever. Even if Republicans win back both the House (possible) and Senate (only if the stars align), they will not have enough votes to override an Obama veto of repeal. A Republican sweep in 2012 will still leave two years to collect Obamacare taxes, set roots deep in the bureaucracy and fundamentally change the health care industry in America.
It is only March. The threat continues not just until the November 2 elections but all the way to January 3, 2011 when, hopefully, Mr. Speaker Boehner will preside. The danger is the end of summer yellow jacket phenomenon; can’t feed, will die soon but still can sting. What is the chance House Democrats, losers, and survivors about to be in the minority, will convince themselves that political immortality lies in passing Obamacare in a lame duck session of Congress?