Democrats sure do like to hold big health care votes on Saturdays when most people are paying more attention to their families and devoting more time to recreation and relaxation than to politics. According to the Washington Examiner, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin says a vote to move forward with Majority Leader Harry Reid’s just released 2,074-page health care bill “will be held on Saturday.”
He needs sixty votes in the Senate to open debate on a bill. And a number of Democrats appear to be balking.
Reid’s bill was crafted behind closed doors, in those proverbial smoke-filled rooms of political lore, though with today’s Democrats, such rooms probably have more juice cocktails than smoke. Nancy Pelosi’s behemoth bill had similar origins.
In signaling his pleasure with the bill and urging the Senate to move forward, the President is breaking a promise he made on the campaign trail:
When I’m elected president you’re going to see this health care legislation written in the open. It’s going to be on C-SPAN, and you’ll be able to see all the different people arguing to see whether they’re on your side or they’re on the side of the drug companies and the insurance companies and so on. But you’ll be able to see that process on C-SPAN.
We didn’t even know what was going to be in the bill until Reid “presented the bill to his caucus at a 5pm meeting” yesterday. So much for transparency.
Just another example of how the “new kind of politics” that Obama promised is just the same old politics of years past, but with a bigger price tag.