The Washington Examiner’s Byron York and David Freddoso have pieces detailing some of the maneuvering on the Hill as the August recess approaches. And York points to a very helpful website run by the GOP on the Ways and Means Committee in the House, which includes this graph from the Congressional Budget Office:
There is no way to pay for this boondoggle, and no reason to want to as it would be massive deficit financing of a broken-before-it-began “government option/public plan.” As noted below, the representatives and senators need to go back to their districts and listen to the voters. With the noisy exception of Democratic activists not concerned with health care but with the political health of the president, there is no clamor for this massive expansion of government and this sea of red ink. In fact, just the opposite reaction is building as Americans consider that (1) their health insurance is pretty good and (2) their medical care, by and large, is tremendous.
If the Democratic majorities were to start over and focus on getting subsidies directed to the uninsured in order to close the coverage gap and make some improvements in portability, there would almost certainly be majorities for such reasonable measures.
But not for Obamacare.
Call both of your senators via 202-224-3121 and tell them to deal with the reality of the economy, not this unrealistic lurch towards insolvency and second-class medicine.