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July 16, 2009

Whoa: Zogby Poll Shows a Mere 50-42 Support for ObamaCare
Did I Say Support? I Meant 50-42 Disapproval

This really doesn't matter to them.

The left voted them in and they're only accountable to the liberals... and another 10-15% of the liberal-leaning public. They figure the math on this is that our guys need to be appeased -- they are expecting us to do this, and we need to do it, whether it bankrupts the country or not. The remaining 10-15% we can pick up later or just hope they stick with us.

And once again we have to hurry; time will not permit us to consider this carefully.

Everyone’s a bit jaded about The One’s modus operandi by now but it’s worth stepping back to drink this in. We’re talking here about his signature policy issue, the most significant domestic legislation that Congress has considered in decades, and rather than take his time and be meticulous about it, Obama’s trying to ram it through as quickly as he can for reasons of either ego or pure political expediency. That “pass something, anything!” approach could be understood (if not forgiven) in the case of the stimulus recovery “stabilization” bill, since the whole point was to start pushing money out the door as quickly as possible — which didn’t happen, natch. But what’s the excuse this time? What pressing policy consideration demands that this turd be pinched off before August instead of letting Congress take its time? Any lefties want to help me out?

I can help you out, Allah. The trendlines for rising medical costs are projected to bankrupt the Medicaid system in around 2032 or something like that.

Obviously we have to address that now, without pause for deliberation, even though the director of the CBO says these "fixes" will only increase federal spending in this area, not reduce it.

And, oh, while we're "fixing" that, might as well spend some more money we don't have creating federal health insurance for 10 or 20 million more people.

The Obama two-step. Charles Krauthammer complained of this earlier. He announces a "crisis" -- such as the recession -- and then proposes that we pass a raft of legislation which in fact has nothing at all to do with addressing that crisis. We're in a recession? Oh, you know what we need to do immediately? Pass cap and trade and universal health care.

Um-- what have the latter to do with the former?

Now he's warning of us of a coming insolvency in Medicaid -- coming around 2032, remember -- and rather than actually proposing ways to limit Medicaid spending, tells us we need to increase federal spending on health care to more people.

And that, somehow, is going to reduce federal spending on health-care and forestall that coming insolvency.

As a wise man diagnosable retard once said, "We have to spend money to avoid bankruptcy."

Meanwhile the Stimulus Recovery Stabilization of the Downturn Bill is working precisely as predicted so we have every reason to trust these geniuses.

Thanks to AHFF Geoff again.

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posted by Ace at 10:16 PM

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