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July 21, 2009

Slublog: I Just Can't Wait Until Congressmen Go Home and Face Their Constituents

Slublog writes (in a comment here) how important it is to push this disaster off until after the recess:

Another strike against the passage of ObamaCare is that some Democrat politicians are finally beginning to see just how angry some of their constituents are. The same politicians who dismissed the tea parties as a bunch of racist, right-wing teabaggers are now being openly mocked when they try to flack for the president's policies.

It's not just conservatives who are angry - the independents are as well. The main reason for the anger is that they were lied to, pure and simple. The voters were promised a moderate and they got a radical. And when they see their own Democrat Congressperson passing 1000+ page bills that will add to the deficit without reading them, it adds to the anger.

I wrote earlier about this. Obama's not merely going to face falling approval, but greater intensity of disapproval. Because people don't like to admit they're wrong; they'd rather excuse their intellectual error by blaming someone else and saying "I was lied to."

Of course, in this case, they're quite right.

Yeah, You Were Lied To: Obama's budgeters "forget" to cover higher doctor fees payments in their plan, for reasons I do not understand.

As in, no really, I do not understand this gibberish at all:

A senior administration official says billions of dollars to raise fees for doctors treating Medicare patients are not covered by President Barack Obama's pledge to pay for health care legislation.

Budget Director Peter Orszag said Tuesday that's because the administration always assumed the money would be spent to prevent a cut of more than 20 percent in doctor fees.

What does that even mean?

Anyway, I think I know the reason doctors' fees weren't covered:

The Congressional Budget Office said last Friday the higher payments cost $245 billion over 10 years. It said including the money in the overall bill would result in deficits totaling $239 billion.

Just slipped their minds to include that figure, eh?

Thanks to Uncle Jefe.



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