There are clear indications that the Democrats are willing to go a strictly partisan route in passing the ObamaCare legislation. This is another way of saying Democrats so desperately need for the bill to pass that they have foregone the desire for the traditional fig leaf of peeling off a few Republican votes. David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel have weighed in on the urgency of getting the bill passed by August:
“Ultimately, this is not about a process, it’s about results,” David Axelrod, Obama’s senior political strategist, said during an interview in his White House office. “If we’re going to get this thing done, obviously time is a-wasting.
….”That’s a test of bipartisanship — whether you took ideas from both parties,” Emanuel said. “At the end of the day, the test isn’t whether they voted for it,” he said, referring to Republicans. “The test is whether the final product represented some of their ideas. And I think it will.”
Even the Washinton Post is beginning to doubt the wisdom of the massive tax increases Congress envisions to pay for ObamaCare:
The deeper issue, though, is whether it is wise to pay for a far-reaching new federal social program by tapping a revenue source (the “rich”) that would surely need to be tapped if and when Congress and the Obama administration get serious about the long-term federal deficit.
….Pretending that “the rich” alone can fund government, let alone the kind of activist government that the president and Congress envision, is bad policy any way you look at it.
It’s no mystery why the Democrats are rushing this legislation. Their political capital is diminishing at an alarming rate as the public comes to view the stimulus legislation as an abject failure and Cap and Trade as a massive regressive tax on consumers. It’s now or never for the progressives on ObamaCare and therein is the opportunity for an opposition party. As they did on the stimulus bill, Republicans in the House should unanimously reject Obamacare. Even if the Democrats succeed in peeling off RINO Senators Snowe and Collins in the Senate, a united Republican opposition may pay off in 2010 as voters continue to witness double digit unemployment and flat to negative economic growth.
The urgency about health care legislation today is rooted in political expediency. Unlike the stimulus, where the perception of economic Armageddon was the hammer used to pass the legislation, there is no healthcare crisis. The crisis is the sinking ship of Democratic political capital, much of which has been squandered in record time by a Congress and President that are amazingly removed from the lives of their constituents. The urgency of the ObamaCare debate is exclusively an affliction of the Washington ruling class.