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Sunday, December 20, 2009

BREAKING: Senate Passes Health Care "Reform" Cloture

In a move that seems destined to be remembered as a historic debacle, the Senate has passed health care reform cloture 60 - 40. In the dead of night and less than a week from Christmas, the Senate is foisting this unpopular, intrusive, and likely unconstitutional nonsense upon the American people. The actual bill will likely be voted on within a week.

While people like Tom Harkin pat themselves on the back and congratulate themselves for ignoring public outcry, the Democrats have basically given the Republicans the perfect platform for the next election. How many borderline Dems will be running against a Republican "repeal the bill" campaign? How many will lose their seats based on that? And how many believe the Republicans can and actually will repeal this travesty? I'm afraid we're going to be stuck paying, through the nose, for worse health care from now on.

What's actually in this bill? The last incarnation included $500 billion in Medicare cuts and $400 billion in taxes new taxes. But who knows what the current bill includes, since the Senate believes that it is none of our business to know such trivialities. We'll have to wait and find out, and most likely very few of us will know until it has passed its final vote and has been signed into law.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has a post "Cash for Cloture: Demcare bribe list, Pt. II" listing some of the political payoff and backroom deals for the 60 votes. Check it out.

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