When I read last night that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released his healthcare proposal, I was all but certain that no matter what was in the bill, California’s junior Senator, Ma’am Barbara Boxer, would vote for it, given how she marches in lockstep with her party. But, now that various bloggers and congressional staffers have been reading the behemoth bill, we know it contains at least one provision which may make it difficult for her to support the legislation.
This provision could alienate one of the core constituencies of California Democrats, the aging men and women of Beverly Hills and LA’s Westside. On this issue, she and another Bay Area Democrat might be willing to break ranks with her party. Indeed, appearances suggest that §9017 might be troublesome for her. “Harry Reid and his Democratic band of friends want to impose a 5% excise tax on all elective cosmetic surgeries (those which are not needed to repair deformaties or injuries caused by an accident or disfiguring disease).”
It seems ol’ Harry has really put Ma’am in a bind, either vote her constituents’ interest or her party’s interest.
That said, I don’t think the meant to put Ma’am in a bind (though he has). Given the talk of tension between Reid and the Speaker of the House, one wonders if the Nevada Democrat put that provision in specifically to spite Nancy.