That the bill would be a job killer isn’t the only concern. Democrats worry about a backlash from the one-fourth of seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage — a program that faces steep cuts in both the likely Senate and House bills.
But Speaker Pelosi isn’t about to step back. In fact, she plans to force her troops to vote on health care just one day after Friday’s jobless numbers are due, which are likely to show unemployment still growing. “When I take this bill to the floor, it will win,” she proclaimed earlier this year.
One Democratic House moderate says the leadership has mislearned a lesson from the 1994 collapse of Hillary Clinton’s health care bill. “They believe they lost the elections that year because they failed to pass anything,” he says. “But they forget it might have been even worse if they’d passed the wrong bill.”
Fund’s story relies on a couple of Democrats who didn’t want their names used. We’ll know this thing has been killed — and that Pelosi ought to turn in her gavel — when sane Democrats start talking like this on the record.
CORRECTION: According to Speaker Pelosi, that gavel belongs to “the children.” Pajamas Media regrets the error. And laughs at the Speaker.