Obama will lay out his vision on how to pass comprehensive health care reform today, defying, yet again the will of a majority of Americans who have repeatedly rejected government run health care.
Democrats know they have a short fuse on getting this passed. If they can’t pass a bill by the end of March, it is highly unlikely that they will pass anything this year. The reason is that there is a two-week recess starting on March 26. Democrat leaders know that if their members go back to their districts without a bill passed, there is no way that after two weeks of hearing from their constituents (and right before tax day) that they will pass the bill.
In politics, this is known as raw cynicism.
It is a testament to the ideology of Democrat leadership that they know that their proposal is counter to the will of most Americans, and yet they are determined to pass it any way – and change the rules to get it done.
They will pay dearly for their decision in November, but as Pelosi has said, “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The next three weeks will be the most important and consequential to the role of government in the lives of the American people as we have seen in my political experience.
And it scares me to death.