Patterico's Pontifications

5/8/2009

How will Democrats pay for their takeover of healthcare?

Filed under: General — Karl @ 9:11 am

[Posted by Karl]

Pres. Obama has staked quite a bit of his administration on making a “downpayment” on a government takeover of the healthcare system.  However, even laugh-inspiring amounts of creative accounting fail to pay for Obama’s health scheme.

Of course, the money would ultimately be extracted from the citizenry, but how?

Ian Murray makes a pretty good case that Obama intends to pay for healthcare reform with the money from his economy-crushing cap-and-trade scheme for greenhouse gases.  The supposed slowing of global warming that would occur under the Waxman-Markey bill in the House is insignificant, but the $600 billion a year the government would plan to raise — a cost of about $3,000 per American household — is not insignificant at all.

This theory would explain why Obama is pressing the House to tackle cap-and-trade before healthcare, despite significant opposition from the Blue Dogs there.  Indeed, while the Democrats’ budget resolution kept open the option of trying to railroad cap-and-trade through Congress in tthe budget reconciliation process, the Senate has shown no stomach for passing the cap-and-trade scheme — which would be another reason for Obama to lean on the House first.  It also explains why Obama has been so desperate to sell the idea that his “too much, too soon” agenda cannot be dealt with piecemeal.

This is a gamble with serious risks to the Obama and the Democrats.  The all-or-nothing approach could easily result in the failure of both cap-and-trade and healthcare.  Conversely, passing cap-and-trade could seriously damage not only Democrats facing reelection in 2010, but also Obama’s chances in 2012, when the bills come due with consumers.

–Karl

Send the Marines

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:41 am

Reader Scott Jacobs is enlisting in the Marines. He has an Amazon wishlist if you want to help him out. Details here.

Nancy Pelosi: Shameless Liar?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:33 am

Why, yes. Yes, she is:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah in September 2002, according to a report prepared by the Director of National Intelligence’s office and obtained by ABC News.

The report, submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee and other Capitol Hill officials Wednesday, appears to contradict Pelosi’s statement last month that she was never told about the use of waterboarding or other special interrogation tactics.

She knew. And she lied.

NOM (and Free Speech) Win

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:28 am

Citing fair use, YouTube has restored the video by the National Organization for Marriage that was challenged as copyright infringement by Perez Hilton. This is apparently the first time in YouTube’s history that YouTube has restored a video for fair use reasons before the expiration of the DMCA counternotice window. Ben Sheffner explains.


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