Great Moments In Democratic Strategery

March 18th, 2010at 11:27am Posted by Eli

First it looked like the Democrats might use reconciliation to restore the very popular public option.  Then it looked like they were going to use it to pass a grab-bag of minor fixes.  Now it looks like they’re going to use it to make sure that the voters hate them even more:

We’ve been waiting for days to see the CBO score to see how much the final health care bill will cost, with the goals being to both reduce the deficit and to fit under the arbitrary $900 billion cap posed by Obama.

It seems they’ve been unable to do so, as Ben Smith now reports that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is on his way to the White House to discuss plans by Democrats to actually raise the tax on middle class health care plans in order to pay for the bill.

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Jon Walker notes that adding a public option would save at least $25 billion in the bill.  The House paid for its bill by taxing the richest Americans.

And yet, faced will trying to contain the costs of this bill, Democrats’ first instinct is to raise taxes on the middle class even further. Brilliant!

Wow.  Just wow.  Has any political party ever displayed this kind of electoral death wish before?  And this isn’t LBJ writing off the South because it was important to do the right thing on civil rights; this is a prolonged pattern of promoting predatory corporate interests.

At this point I have to believe that Obama has decided that it’s in his best interest to have a Republican Congress, but I’m not sure what’s in it for all the Democrats who are going to be losing their seats.  Cushy healthcare lobbying gigs, I guess.

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