Obama now open to sweetheart deals on health care bill

Posted on March 15, 2010


President Obama appears to be backing down from his previous repudiation of special deals for legislators’ states or districts in exchange for voting for health care, deals like the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase. See, it’s only the state-specific deals the White House doesn’t like. David Axelrod will explain everything:

Taking a new position, Axelrod said the White House only objects to state-specific arrangements, such as an increase in Medicaid funding for Nebraska, ridiculed as the “Cornhusker Kickback.” That’s being cut, but provisions that could affect more than one state are OK, Axelrod said.

That means deals sought by senators from Montana and Connecticut would be fine — even though Gibbs last week singled them out as items Obama wanted removed. There was resistance, however, from two committee chairman, Democratic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana and Chris Dodd of Connecticut, and the White House has apparently backed down.

Axelrod said the principles the White House wants to apply include “Are these applicable to all states? Even if they do not qualify now, would they qualify under certain sets of circumstances?”

Actually, I’m fairly certain the only principle they only really want to apply is, “Does this let you vote for this unpopular bill?” Any other concerns is fairly secondary at this point, whether it be cost, actual coverage, or, hell, just sheer constitutionality of the entire issue, particularly if the Slaughter Strategy is implemented and the Senate bill is “deemed” to be passed in arcane parliamentary maneuvering designed to keep the necessary votes to a minimum.

The flip-flop shouldn’t really surprise you. Like everything else the President says, Obama’s statement of opposition has a very short shelf life. But the ends justify the means in the eyes of liberals, no matter if those ends include buying off votes with taxpayer money – only this time, in twos and threes instead of one by one. This entire process has been a sham.

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