Saturday, 18 July 2009

In Passing

All you need to know about Obamacare

Sauce, goose, gander  Dept.

The Wall Street Journal:
...If it’s good enough for the middle class, then surely it’s good enough for the political class too?  As it happens, more than a few Democrats disagree.

On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan.  Yet all Democrats -- with the exceptions of acting chairman Chris Dodd, Barbara Mikulski and Ted Kennedy via proxy -- voted nay.

In other words, Sherrod Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse won’t themselves join a plan that “will offer benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans -- or better,” as the Ohio and Rhode Island liberals put it in a recent op-ed.  And even a self-described socialist like Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, who supports a government-only system, wouldn’t sign himself up.

Of course, they also qualify now for generous Congressional coverage...
Look for that amendment to “mysteriously” (as in “Geegollywow, we can’t figure out how that happened!”) disappear before the bill’s final passage.

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