A few months ago, a Republican U.S. Senator told me that he pleaded with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to pressure the HELP Committee Democrats to let the Republicans negotiate and help shape the bill, since the Democrats were not listening or including the Republicans in any discussions. Senator Kennedy's staff told the Republican Senator to take a hike. No one told Senator Kennedy's staff otherwise. (Senator Dodd was torn between helping his dying friend and letting Kennedy's legendary staff be his legendary staff.)
On the House side, Chairman Waxman gave the Blue Dogs on his own Committee, and Blue Dogs outside the Committee the closed mouth, no information treatment. Forget about influencing the bill, he did not tell them what was in it until it was too late. The Blue Dogs told Chairman Waxman what they wanted, he just ignored them.
All the while President Obama was publicly "reaching out" to Republicans -- while his Leadership colleagues in Congress ignored Republicans, and ignored Democrats in their own party.
Thus was born ObamaCare, of a strategy to allow the far left (Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Waxman) to design the plan and ignore those who disagreed, while publicly and repeatedly the President said he wanted to work with Republicans.
In doing so, President Obama has managed to inflame the passions of every elected official -- the Republicans who were left out, the center which was left out, and the liberals whose hopes were raised about having a public option, and now can't understand why they have to compromise when the Dems control the White House, the House and the Senate.
The only Democratic Senator attempting to include the Republicans was Senator Baucus, who was pillared within his caucus and by the White House for taking the time to negotiate. All the while the liberals' bill advanced into ever intensifying and withering fire.
Meanwhile, the public detecting the left wrote the bill lost faith and began to look at the bill, and the more they looked the less they liked. The net result is that the American public are polling at 52% for Congress to do nothing on health care. 55% want Congress to work on the economy. (Can you imagine?)
Lost faith is probably putting a happy face on what the public is feeling.
Plain and simple: the public has been repeatedly told the most outrageous and unbelievable things (as in they do not believe them when they hear them):
1. Cutting $500 billion from Medicare will not hurt care or cut benefits for seniors.
2. Spending $1 Trillion will save money.
3. Spending $1 Trillion will not increase the deficit.
4. If you like your plan you can keep it, except in five years every insurance plan design for everyone will be dictated by the federal government design requirements.
5. You can buy any insurance plan from any insurer you want. But you can only buy the government designed, government approved plans -- its like saying you can buy the same house from any builder, but the builders all have the same set of plans and can only sell that house.
6. This is not a government take-over of the health care sector.
7. There will not be any rationing.
8. Campaign promises made explicitly by the President that he would not cut any deals with "the drug companies" only to do exactly that in return for Phrma spending million in ads to prop up the sagging ObamaCare this summer.
9. Abortion is not a covered benefit (despite the fact that the Democratic House pro-life leaders say it covers abortion, and more than 20 Democrats have told their leadership in writing that they will not vote for any bill that covers abortion.)
10. Seniors will not be steered in the direction of dying to save money -- but most of the public knows that the most expense in health care is in the last six months of life -- making seniors think Obama's promises sound hollow. Seniors, it turns out, do not want the government to make the decision about when that last six months starts.
11. The President is against a single payer system and ending employer provided health care. All those videos of the President saying that he is for a single payer system and for ending employer provided health care, well, they are "misleading."
12. Except that your employer may decide to put you in a government designed plan, so your employers will be taxed less than it costs to give you your insurance. Your employer will save money by putting you in the government-run Health Information Exchange -- and you can never leave!
13. This bill's purpose is insure the uninsured and do "insurance reform."
14. President Obama promised no mandate in his health plan, but it has an individual mandate and an employer mandate.
15. If you don't buy health insurance and you earn more than $19,000, you will be taxed 2.5 percent of your total income. The no tax increase pledge for families earning $250,000 or less does not apply, of course, to ObamaCare.
When President Obama keeps making promises and statements that cannot be true, you wonder, what does the President think of the public, that they will believe anything he says? Or (even more dangerous) does he really believe what he is saying?
So the President who insists untrue things are true is going to insist some more untrue things are true, before a joint session of Congress and this will change the politics of ObamaCare?
The heavens will open up, the sea will part and ObamaCare will pass. The President will have SPOKEN.
OMG! Did you hear?
The Air Force was tracking Santa Claus in his sled on Christmas Eve. They had Santa and his reindeer on radar. It true, we have the tapes and we can play them and everything.