It seems to be that the ones “standing in the way of reform,” to quote President Obama, reside in his own party at this point. The daggers have come out from the various factions and special interest groups of the Democrat Party over Obamacare and everyone wants their specific piece of the sickening government pie. Furthermore, this is all happening out of the public eye since Obama is increasingly unpopular.
The WaPo reports:
WASHINGTON — You may think Democrats and Republicans are at odds over health care. Well, they’ve got nothing on House and Senate Democrats going after each other.
The intraparty disputes may prove the most grueling test of all as Congress tries to write a bill that fulfills President Barack Obama’s goal of extending coverage to millions of Americans and reining in rising medical costs.
The disagreements extend well beyond whether or not to allow the government to sell insurance in competition with the private market, though fissures over the so-called public plan – preferred in the House, less so in the Senate – have drawn the most attention.
Some of the toughest fights loom over what requirements employers should have to shoulder to see that their workers are covered, and perhaps stickiest of all, how to make coverage affordable and pay for extending it to millions of uninsured.
Senators would tax high-value health insurance plans to pay for covering the uninsured, an approach supporters say would curb health costs because it would lead to employers offering less generous benefits. The more populist House would tax the highest-income people, placing the burden of caring for the neediest Americans on the backs of millionaires.
“I don’t know how you split that difference,” said Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “It’s not just about numbers. These are philosophical differences about how you pay for reform.”
Any showdown between the House and Senate is a ways off, and will happen only if both succeed in passing their own health bills. Democratic leaders in both houses are working to finalize their legislation – a process that is itself fraught with difficulties – in time to hold floor debates within the next several weeks.
Presuming the House and Senate do pass bills, they will go to a conference committee made up of Democratic leaders and key committee chairs from both chambers. There, with plenty of input from the White House, the most powerful members of Congress will fight it out in private.
The most sickening aspect here is that the details are being hammered out behind closed doors. These arrogant politicians are creating legislation that will affect you, me and every other American yet we aren’t privy to hear the discussions on the matter. President Obama promised these deliberations would be broadcast on C-SPAN, yet another broken promise on transparency to add to the list.
Shame on you, Mr. President, shame on you. We the people have not been involved unless you count the numerous Town Halls where America spoke out against nationalization of health care. You have not taken anyone’s ideas except those from the left-wing of the Democrat Party. You chastised those people at the Town Halls calling them “out of the mainstream” and a “handful of extremists.” Furthermore, now the details are indeed being discussed and they are not on C-SPAN as promised, they are taking place in Harry Reid’s office so we don’t know what the options are or what is being discussed.
They have to do this in private because it is so heinous the way they are pushing bigger government and bureaucratic control on the American people, they should be ashamed. They do indeed have shame which is why they are hiding themselves until they have figured out a way to maneuver and lie about what they want to do with health care.
Brit Hume can wrap this up by tearing down the Baucus Bill and putting it all into perspective:
Amen to that.