I don't know how the final vote will shake out, but for a while, I've said that we know they don't have the votes until they call a vote. They've called for a vote. It should occur Sunday. We've seen a few folks fall into place. They probably have (at least) 216; it seems like a lot of vulnerable Democrats are saying they'll vote yes and roll the dice on their reelection in November.
But if it passes Sunday, as of Monday, if Americans have problems with their health care, they know where to send their complaints. If your premiums jump, thank most House Democrats, Senate Democrats, and the Obama administration. If your doctor takes early retirement, you know who to call. If you can't get an appointment because the system suddenly has 30 million new patients, don't blame the GOP. Patient care, premiums, what's covered, access to prescription drugs, the rate of innovation in new drugs and procedures, the out-of-date magazines in the waiting room — hey, it's all Obama's show now. We laid out all the reasons this wasn't going to work according to plan. (Exhibit A: Government programs never work according to plan.)
A lot of Democrats seem to think that they'll vote this into law, and then the anger will go away. Nope. In the months and years to come, they'll have the anger of the opponents and the anger of all the supporters who thought this would give them top-dollar care for low costs.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
We Have Their Billing Address
They broke it, they bought it: