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A Small Bill, Anyone?

3:20 PM, Oct 21, 2009 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Even the Washington Post is not on board with the Senate's latest efforts to pass ObamaCare:

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) now says that "we need to fix the Medicare doctors' payments first, outside of health reform" -- thereby allowing $247 billion in new deficit spending to be passed without having to count it against the balance sheet of a Democratic health bill.

This Washington Post editorial doesn't pull many punches in response to Sen. Reid's latest ploy, writing, "This latest maneuver only heightens the fiscal irresponsibility of what already was a fiscal sleight of hand." This, on the heels of the Post's having earlier written that, while the House health bill is full of "budgetary smoke and mirrors," it at least has the virtue of being more "honest" than the Senate bill.

The Founders envisioned the Senate as the more upright and responsible of the two houses. Now here's the majority leader, holding up a credit card in each hand -- one for the "doc fix" and the other for the larger bill that would cost nearly $4 trillion over 20 years, according to the CBO, as I reported in my recent NY Post piece.

The Democrats now seem to think that their best chance to pass ObamaCare is to use the "doc fix" to fix the books. But when even the Washington Post says you are irresponsible, dishonest, and guilty of slights of hand, perhaps it's time to come up with a proposal that you can defend more honestly.

A small bill, anyone?