Democrats Hiding $371 Billion In ObamaCare Costs

As a follow up to Lorie’s post below, Democrats may not be nearly so confident about the inevitability of ObamaCare passage on Sunday. A few thoughts. First, if Pelosi had the votes there would obviously be a vote on the floor today.

Second, Republicans have figured out the ruse being sold by President Obama’s proxies in the media that there will be some substantial “fix” to the Senate bill through reconciliation. There is a large body of opinion on the Right that the very minute the House passes the original Senate bill it will be sent to the Senate for certification and signed by President Obama immediately. After the political damage this bill has done to the Democratic Party, they will certainly not let an approved piece of legislation be bandied about the Senate for weeks. A presidential signature will be affixed to it perhaps on the same day.

Third, Politico has obtained a confidential Democratic briefing paper that reveals the true venality of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi:

Democrats are planning to introduce legislation later this spring that would permanently repeal annual Medicare cuts to doctors, but are warning lawmakers not to talk about it for fear that it will complicate their push to pass comprehensive health reform. The plans undercut the party’s message that reform lowers the deficit, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.

Democrats removed the so-called doc fix from the reform legislation last year because its $371-billion price tag would have made it impossible for Democrats to claim that their bill reduces the deficit. Republicans have argued for months that by stripping the doc fix from the bill, Democrats were playing a shell game.

The memo also repeatedly advises Democrats not to discuss the details of the CBO score.

“We cannot emphasize this enough: do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative. Instead, focus only on the deficit reduction and number of Americans covered,” the memo says

The level of desperation on display in this Congress is stunning. Not a word that comes from their mouths should be believed.

Update: The Democrats are questioning “authenticity” of the embarrassing memo. I’ll update the post as soon as the leaker is executed or when the Dems run the clock out.

Update Two: Megan McArdle cautions:

If it’s a fake, “fake but accurate” is not a defense. I mean, it may be of Politico, provided they act swiftly to rectify the mistake. But rightwing bloggers should not do what the left did in the Dan Rather case, and insist on its accuracy well past the point of reason.

Point taken, but it should be noted that Rathergate is not the benchmark against which this incident should be measured. There is a rich history on the Left of fake but accurate demagoguery that stretches from Tawana Brawely and Al Sharpton to the Hidatha marines. I’m less inclined to cut these Democrats any slack. In the court of public opinion they should thoroughly experience the bitter worm of guilty until proven innocent. If they’re innocent they can go to that place where politicians go to recover their reputations: an election.

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