Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Beating a Dead Horse?

[Welcome Kaiser Health News readers!]

I remain unconvinced that the current version of health care "reform" (aka ObamaCare©) is dead. As noted previously, its zombie-like nature almost precludes its actual demise, no matter how bad a beating its proponents seem willing to take to "make it happen."

On the other hand, evidence continues to mount that it may soon find itself "under the bus," as even its most outspoken advocates begin to understand just how politically toxic it's become:

"They were right the first time,” said Lawrence O’Donnell, the Democratic staff director for the Senate Finance Committee during the 1993-94 Clinton health care debate. “There’s no such thing as ‘Let’s take a pause in legislating so that we can gain momentum on it ... Democrats have moved into “full bluff mode.”

Ouch. Them's harsh words, Mister. But is it possible that they're also true?

Time, of course, will tell. And there will be the temptation to continue the shady, backroom shenigans that have become the hallmark of this particular legislative effort. And just as with the zombie menace, it's important to remember that there are only a few ways to be sure that it stays dead.
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