Today in Health Care Reform
The Democrats prepare to take their medicine.
1:27 PM, Mar 16, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
The Tea Party has come to Washington to protest the Democratic health care bill.
Is it safe?
Meanwhile, pundits are busily trying to figure out the Slaughter Rule, a procedural measure by which the House could "deem" the Senate health care bill passed without actually voting on it. If this sounds confusing, that's because it is.
Even liberal blogger Ezra Klein writes that "this is all about plausible deniability for House members who don't want to vote for the Senate bill, although I doubt many voters will find the denials plausible." Why doubt? A negative public reaction to the health care vote is a near certainty. The question is whether the reaction fades before November.
In other health care news, the previously undecided Dan Maffei, Democrat of New York, says he'll vote Yes when the Senate bill comes up for a vote. Maffei voted for the House bill last November. Jon Adler, Democrat of New Jersey, says he'll vote No. Adler voted No in November, as well. Note that not a single congressman in The Hill's "Firm Yes / Lean Yes / Likely Yes" column voted No last year. Which Democrat(s) will push Obamacare -- and their careers -- over the precipice? We're likely to find out by the end of the week.