Friday, March 19, 2010

How’s that process workin’ for ya?

Straight from the horse’s mouth: “"We're Going To Control The Insurance Companies.”

One thing is for sure – regardless of outcome – the American public, in every single poll, opposes the current 2,800-plus pages of dead trees that make up the ObamaCare™ bill. Not only that, the longer the ramrod effort goes on, the more the public dislikes its purveyors and the process they’re using.

If you’re Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cable Cars), you’re probably having night sweats right about now (even during the day). According to the latest whip count, her margin just moved to zero.

Sweatin' it...

Quit making a mess while you’re ahead? “When George Bush left office he was deeply unpopular: in Bush’s last month, according to Rasmussen 43% strongly disapproved of the job Bush was doing, while only 13% strongly approved, for a staggering negative rating of –30%.” (h/t: The Volokh Conspiracy)

And apparently, calling your Congressional representatives is now a no-no. But the calls, they keep a comin’…

Remember the “Cornhusker Kickback?” That was the $100 million bribe Democrats offered Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) to for his last vote in favor. Well, lookee who sold out a bit early. The new bill has Dems removing the bill’s $100 million provision/payoff and substitute it with a $99 million provision to buy a Tennessee representative's vote.

Add Tennessee bonus: According to that Tennessee Congressman, the payoff isn’t a, um, er, payoff. Riiiiiight.

Last add Tennessee: Maybe a certain Congressman should listen to his governor – and constituents.

Step right up and place your bet: According to ABC News, if the stock market is any indication, ObamaCare™ isn’t going to pass. “President Obama's push to pass health care reform will fall short -- that is, if the stock market is any indicator. Thursday saw more than twice the normal trading volume in shares of the Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Providers Index (NYSE: IHF), a closely watched assortment of health insurance companies, including Aetna, CIGNA, Humana and UnitedHealth Group. The uptick, at least in theory, could be read as a sign that the market perceives reform as unlikely to pass.”

Putting stock in the block...

Quote of the Day: From Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire – “"Well, let me put it to you this way, it's far from going to pass in the Senate. I think there'll be at least two major points of order raised, and we'll win on those points of order, which means it has to go back to the House. If those people think they're only going to vote on this once, they're nuts." -- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), in a forthcoming interview with Al Hunt on Bloomberg Television.

We shall see...

It ain't over til the old senator from Utah plays...

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