Monday, February 22, 2010

First Impressions: Much ado...

[NB: Bob’s take is here]

At first glance, the president's "new" health care "reform" proposal is just smoke. We'll address key points in a moment, but first, a question:

Where was this 7 months ago?

Were I a Congresscritter, having just spent the past many months fending off disgruntled constituents and jockeying for position amongst my peers, I'd be mighty steamed about now.

Fortunately, I'm not.

Several things immediately jump out:

■ No mention of federal funds for abortions, pro or con. The House's "Stupak Amendment" is nowhere to be seen, which will make it difficult for pro-life legislators to sign on. On the other hand, neither is such funding explicitly mandated, which will upset pro-abortion backers.

■ The evil and unconstitutional "individual mandate" is, however, present.

The CornHustler deal is officially off the table. No word yet on the "Louisiana Purchase."

■ The so-called "Cadillac Tax" is still there, punishing folks who have no control over the cost of their policies.

■ Finally, please explain to me why we need a massive new entitlement program to "to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid." Isn't that something we should be doing anyway?

If there's any "good news," it's that the so-called "Public Option" (the not-so-stealthy means to gummint-run health care) is nowhere to be seen.

More later.

[Hat Tip: RedState]
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