Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Obamacare dead-enders

At Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall notes that some Democrats want to re-think their Obamacare obsession:
Barney Frank says reform should be allowed to die. Bill Delahunt says Democrats should return to an 'incremental approach'. Evan Bayh says the whole thing should be dropped.
Josh Marshall disagrees: he wants Dems to go done with the ship:
Everybody who gets the politics has made clear that it's political suicide for the Democrats not to finish health care reform done. And it seems clear that the only way to do that is for the House to pass the existing senate bill and then revise it in subsequent legislation. [Emph. added]
Notice the claim about "everybody": it seems to be psychologically important for liberals to claim to have unanimity where there is none. Global warmists make similar claims about "all" scientists when the claim is obviously false. It's all about the self-delusion.

Today, Speaker Pelosi reconfirmed her determination to proceed with Obamacare:
"We will move forward with those considerations in mind -- but we will move forward," Pelosi told the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Jim Lavery illustrates this approach:

As for the former Messiah, he, unlike the Speaker, suggests slowing down:
"Here's one thing I know and I just want to make sure that this is off the table: The Senate certainly shouldn't try to jam anything through until Scott Brown is seated," the president said. "People in Massachusetts spoke. He's got to be part of that process."
But then he continues and demonstrates that he has learned absolutely nothing:
"I think point number two is that it is very important to look at the substance of this package and for the American people to understand that a lot of the fear mongering around this bill isn't true," Obama said.

PREVIOUSLY on the MA Senate race:
Mass. focus group says it was all about healthcare
Massachusetts Senate race results live blog
Where has the laughter gone?

PREVIOUSLY on Obamacare:
Obamacare may raise insurance costs by 54%
Harvard's Dean of Medicine opposes Obamacare
Rahm Emanuel explains that they are not even trying have Obamacare make sense
Harvard economist explains why Obamacare will raise premiums
HHS says Obamacare will cause costs to go up and cause employers to drop coverage
To protest Obamacare, San Francisco holds a sick-in
Polls say majority of voters oppose Obamacare
The Canadian health care collapse

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