I’ve been wondering this on the periphery of my mind for a while, and now that I’ve seen not only Rich Lowry over at NRO but also even one-time would-be Obama’s Commerce Secretary Judd Gregg mention it, I suppose I’ll put it out there:
Given how brazen and contemptible the president and his fellow Stalinists in Congress and the Senate have been so far with regard to doing whatever they feel they need to do in order to shove socialized medicine down the throats of an unwilling populace, why would they even bother with reconciliation after the Senate monstrosity is passed by the House (a necessary first-step in order to use that procedure)?
After all, if it’s passed, and those Democrats who’ve signed their political suicide pact with the Speaker have already cast their lots, what incentive would the Senate have to even consider health care again this year? Given the—-er, Charlie-Foxtrot (to use a military term) that it’s been for over 13 months now, what Senate Democrat in his right mind would want to bring up the issue again as he slid through the spring and summer into November’s elections?
Considering the sausage-making spectacle that should cause, spending the months between passing the Senate bill in the House (and the president’s signing it) right before Easter and the summer recess when they start campaigning in ernest tinkering with “fixes” to the Obamacare LAW, it could only put Democrats in an even less tenable situation.
Keeping all that in mind, do you suppose it’s possible that House Democrats could be being set up for a bait-and-switch whereby they are snookered into passing the Senate bill with the promise (please excuse my salty language here) of “cleaning it up” in reconciliation only to have the rug pulled out from under them by an understandably exhausted (or worse, conniving all along) Senate?
The bottom line is that, even if there’s no funny business going on, there’s a very real chance that if the House does what President Obama wants them to do (pass the Senate bill), that might be what we’re left with as the law of the land.
I imagine there are probably 39+ House Democrats who at least have a little itch in the back of their minds about that.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)
UPDATE: Yuval Levin puts a different fine point on it (and with fewer spelling mistakes).