I'm sitting here trying to listen to Obama's speech to the Democrat Caucus, but I'm having a hard time. I keep bursting out in laughter.
The line that really got me? Obama claiming that the bill is "middle of the road".
Needless to say, the bs is flowing fast and thick at this meeting. The meeting is basically a pep rally for The One to encourage the troops to vote for this mess. Now that demon pass is not an option, they are going to have to suck it up and vote for the toxic Senate bill.
The meeting was also most likely a ruse to get the dems out of their offices and in a closed meeting so that they didn't have to face their constituents, who have stormed the Capitol to have their voices heard.
Finally, a moment of truth from the Deceiver-in-Chief:
"Now, is this bill perfect? Of course not. Will this solve every single problem in our health care system right away? No."
But it will tax us right away, so at least there's that....Oh boy, here's the liberal guilt push:
"If you honestlly believe, in your heart of hearts, in your conscience, that this is not an improvement over the status quo, in spite of all the information that's out there that says that without serious reform efforts like this one, people's premiums are going to double over the next five, ten years; that folks are going to keep on getting letters from their insurance companies that their premiums just went up 40 or 50%, if you think that somehow it's okay that we have millions of hard working Americans who can't get health care, and that it's alright, it's acceptable, in the wealthiest nation on earth that their children with chronic illnesses that can't get the care that they need, if you think that the system is working for ordinary Americans rather than the insurance companies, then you should vote no on this bill. If you can honestly say that, then you shouldn't support it."
One minor point, Mr. President - I know the image of sick kids is always an effective liberal tool to conjure up votes, but, um, didn't you take care of the uninsured children problem last year with the expansion of SCHIP? Or is that program working as well as most other government agencies, and thus the uninsured kids? I know it's hard to say no to sick kids - which is why SCHIP passed last year. Sorry, Mr. President, those human shields have already been used.
Oh, and, as for the increasing premiums, one of your own has disabused us of the notion this bill will fix that problem, as has the CBO.
Oh, and more people would have health insurance if they had a JOB!!! It's going to be hard to get jobs for the millions of people who are out of work, so how about untying insurance from employment? Another thing that might help is dropping state line rules and allowing the free market to work it's magic. But those are republican ideas, so obviously they won't work and shouldn't even be considered.
There is only one other part of the speech that I agree with, aside from the moment of truth:
You're here to represent your constituencies, and if you think your constituencies honestly wouldn't be helped, you shouldn't vote for this."
Stay tuned tomorrow for the big vote....