Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Weeping and Wailing from the Whos on Government Health Care

Jeez Louise, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas sends a message on twitter and two major blogs write a post about it.  So, what was so important you ask?

With news the medicare buy-in has been dropped and a really most sincerely dead public option, the progressives are outraged enough they want to kill the bill.  Allapundit notes this was how the 2007 amnesty bill died:
This is how the 2007 amnesty bill died, you may recall. It wasn’t Republicans who killed it, it was Republicans plus big-labor Democrats plus a few pro-amnesty liberal Dems who thought the bill didn’t go far enough. Ultimately, the 60-vote needle was simply too narrow to be threaded. And now here we are again. 
Commenters at Megan McArdles blog are having fun with the news:

 While we enjoy our momentary communion with the nutroots in our mutual disgust towards the loathesome health care legislation, let's not forget there is plenty of government expanding elements left in that bill the White House is determined to pass.   They have 60 senators in a Democratic caucus who have convinced themselves passing something, anything will help them.  They are desperate.

In their desperation to pass anything, however, some pretty awful stuff is being left on the cutting room floor.  What's next to hit the cutting room floor?  The CBO spotted it in it's latest report:
A proposal to require health insurers to provide rebates to their enrollees to the extent that their medical loss ratios are less than 90 percent would effectively force insurers to achieve a high medical loss ratio. Combining this requirement with the other provisions of the PPACA would greatly restrict flexibility related to the sale and purchase of health insurance. In CBO’s view, this further expansion of the federal government’s role in the health insurance market would make such insurance an essentially governmental program, so that all payments related to health insurance policies should be recorded as cash flows in the federal budget.

 Losing medical loss ratios, the public option and the medicare buy just before Christmas;  imagine the despair.  There is going to be some wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Whos down in Whoville who love government health care.  What part of the Roast Beast can we carve next?

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