Reconciliation won’t happen. It is a fraud; the ultimate bait and switch to allow Nancy Pelosi to whip up enough votes to get the Senate version of health care “reform” through the House and on to the President’s desk. It is an inducement to get the Blue Dog Democrats to vote yes. After which, they will be abandoned having served their role as cannon fodder in Obama, Reid and Pelosi’s great cause to recast America as a socialist paradise.
Before any reconciliation bill can even be crafted, the Senate version of health care “reform” must pass the House completely unchanged. Nancy has no leverage in modifying even the most obscure preposition in that bill. All she can do is promise is a whole slew of fixes on a companion bill.
But, if she succeeds in scaring up enough votes to pass the the Senate version, a bill will have passed both houses of congress and can proceed to the Oval Office to be signed into law. At that moment, health care “reform” will be the law of the land. And, with that presidential signature, all incentive to compromise will evaporate. Because, for all its “imperfections,” that bill, that law will go a long way to expropriating, banana republic style, one sixth of the economy. What isn’t directly in the hands of the federal government, will now be tightly controlled by a vast, newly-created federal bureaucracy. What’s left will be taxed to death by this same said bill.
For the hard left partisans of Obama, Reid and Pelosi, what’s not to love. More taxes, more government, more regulation. Even a back door to publicly fund abortions. Public option? Who cares.
And, what deficiencies will be corrected? If anything, sans the limitation of a sixty vote super-majority, a companion reconciliation bill will be used to pile-on. It certainly won’t be used to “reach across the aisle” in the name of bipartisanship; that was written all over Obama’s face at the health care summit of last week. Reconciliation won’t be used to reward the Blue Dog Democrats foolish enough to go along and take yet another bullet for Nancy and vote yes. With back door abortion funding in the Senate bill, what’s the incentive to make Bart Stupak happy? In fact, Nancy can take huge electoral losses next November. All she need is to re-elect 218 Democratic representatives and she and her hard-left allies who control the key chairmanships will remain with their power intact.
But, why even bother with reconciliation and give health care “reform” another thought? Obama, Reid and Pelosi have so much else to do to gin up all sorts of pork laden spending bills to buy votes for the coming November elections. The Blue Dogs are expendable.