0bamacare/hellcare: not final yet

As more or less expected, Dingy Harry got his 60 miserable Senate votes as an Xmas “present” to you all. (More like a “cadeau empoisonné”/poisoned gift.)

However, despite that, Emperor Buck Naked has just announced his “hard pivot” from hellcare to “job creation”.

What gives? Cold feet from the hard left? More bribe money to be gotten in job “creation”? (More like “creation/annihilation operator pairs” if you’ll forgive me the physics in-joke.) Realization that he can’t get the Senate version passed in the House, and conversely, without more time to bribe? (This article seems to suggest as much)

DC@C2 points out that several state attorney generals are examining whether the health bill is constitutional. At the Volokh Conspiracy, Ilya Somin weighs in.

BTW, the Mayo Clinic — hailed by 0bama as a model —  says basically the same thing about not wanting Medicare expansion that got Joe Lieberman pilloried.

Iowahawk has a side-splitting satire “It’s a wonderful bill“.But leave it to master punster “buzzsawmonkey” to offer a unique perspective on the situation: “Unenumerated powers playing to the lowest common denominator results in a fractured society.

Megan McArdle (via Insty): Process of passing health care a debacle. “Congressional Democrats started out with a CBO score they wanted, and worked backward to the bill. They’ve been pretty explicit about the fact that no one wants this actual bill; rather, the plan is to pass basically anything, and then go and totally rewrite it when the budget spotlight is off. I’m not aware of any other piece of legislation that was passed this way. Essentially, the Democrats have finished the process of gaming the CBO scores. They’re now meaningless. You don’t pass a piece of legislation that bears any resemblance to what you intend to end up with; you pass a piece of legislation that gets a good CBO score, and then go and alter it piece by piece. . . . At every step, the bill is probably more likely to get worse than to get better. At any rate, passing a bill based on either a meaningless CBO score, or the notion that it can be rewritten to spec at some later date, is not a process for generating good legislation.”

Peter Wehner in Commentay Magazine: “When it comes to the public outrage that will emerge based on the deals that took place to secure passage of the Senate health-care bill, the degree of tone-deafness among Democrats is nothing short of startling. . . . These people strike me as hermetically sealed off from how most of the rest of the country view this subject. As these backroom deals become more and more widely known, anger will swell up among voters. It is bad enough to jam through a bill on a strict party-line-vote against overwhelming opposition from the public; for it to have happened only because various Members of Congress were (legally) bribed will magnify the intensity of the opposition. And for politicians to take such obvious pride in the pay-off will make things even worse. The populist, anti-Washington wave out there, which is already quite large, will only grow, and grow, and grow.”

Finally, Day by Day offers this cartoon:

Note that anybody who lived in the (thank G-d) former Soviet Union has stories about having “free” healthcare that needed to be tipped/bribed under the table. Or, for example, the physician or dentist might decide that you didn’t really need anesthesia…

UPDATE: Matt Welch asks: Can Obama Open His Mouth Without Lying About Health Care? Fixed that for ya!

UPDATE 2: Informative comparison of House and Senate hellcare plans. (H/t: DC@C2)

UPDATE 3: Michelle Malkin wonders whether a tipping point has been reached in terms of corruption.

UPDATE 4: Did Jim DeMint kill the healthcare bill?

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