OMG! So Obamacare Left Out a Few Zeroes, And??
Listen, don't be so critical of the president. As we've said before, the guy has it rough and it's not fair to completely villainize him. Anyone could make a $868 billion boo-boo in hoo-rahing a massive blow to an already over-stretched deficit.
President Obama, making his final push for health care reform, pitched his proposal Monday to a crowd in Pennsylvania with a deficit-reduction figure that the White House later admitted missed the mark.
"Our cost-cutting measures mirror most of the proposals in the current Senate bill, which reduces most people's premiums and brings down our deficit by up to $1 trillion dollars over the next decade because we're spending our health care dollars more wisely," Obama told an audience at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., a suburb north of Philadelphia.
Obama was so proud of these cost-saving numbers in the latest version of health care reform, he delved into a bit of Washington-speak to back them up.
"Those aren't my numbers," Obama said to the rising applause of the estimated 1,300 in attendance. "They are the savings determined by the Congressional Budget Office, which is the nonpartisan, independent referee of Congress for what things cost."
But the budget office did not say the Senate health care bill would save $1 trillion over the next decade -- or even close to that figure.
It estimated the bill would save $132 billion from 2010 to 2019, leaving Obama's "next decade" estimate $868 billion short.
Yeah, conveniently enough 7 of those years come after the Mayans said the world would end.
The Obamacare Road Show (as Michelle Malkin called it)'s closing arguments weren't exactly strong, egregious math errors aside, and it doesn't help that he has the Wicked Witch of the Far Left running his Obamacare PR campaign.
The cleanest option for Democrats would be for the House to pass the Senate's Christmas Eve bill word for word, thereby bypassing a Senate filibuster under the normal rules and forwarding ObamaCare directly to the Rose Garden signing ceremony. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said the votes simply don't exist for the Senate bill as is.
Liberals don't think the middle-class insurance subsidies are large enough. Big Labor hates the "Cadillac tax" on high-cost health coverage because extremely generous benefits typically come out of collective bargaining. The pro-life Democrats led by Michigan's Bart Stupak can't abide federal funding for abortion. Everyone detests the enveloping corruption, such as the Nebraska Medicaid bribe for Ben Nelson, which has become so politically toxic that the opponents now include Ben Nelson.
Thus the convoluted scheme the White House has mapped out. The House would first pass the Senate bill, and then pass a reconciliation bill that addresses these objections—in effect converting the process into a makeshift and unprecedented vehicle for amendments. Mrs. Pelosi can't rope in the 216 votes she needs without an iron-clad promise of another round of Senate action.
Pelosi is using rope the wrong way, you've got to have a willing target before you start trying to rope them in otherwise it's considered assault in several states. You know, consenting adults and all that.
Doomed? Not until the fat lady sings. Or the scary lady threatens to kick all of Congress' ass if they don't pass it.