A couple of weeks ago it looked like Democrat health care “reform” was as inevitable as death and taxes (both of which loom large in all of the proposals floating around Congress).

Then, the CBO was rude enough to run some of the numbers and the Democrats were deeply shocked to discover that Obamacare is going to be, like, real expensive.

So, the Senate Finance Committee has delayed the mark-up of its health care bill until after the July 4th recess. Philip Klein explains why this is such a big deal:

Congress was already looking at an ambitious timeline to get health care legislation passed by July 31, before lawmakers go on summer recess. Now the earliest the Finance Committee will begin to rewrite its bill would be July 6, meaning they’ll have less than a month to: finalize their proposed legislation, merge it with the bill currently under consideration by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduce it to the broader Senate, debate it, and pass it. 

Meanwhile, apparently still in denial about its own abominable CBO numbers, the Senate HELP committee is pressing on. Nonetheless, as Michelle Malkin points out, this is a ray of hope for the good guys:

With delay comes opportunity…opportunity to continue making your voices heard.

The CBO can prove that the Emperor is naked, but it can’t get him off the throne. The only thing that will stop this insanity is to make the Dems fear their fate in next year’s mid-terms.

Time to make some noise. 

Comments 2

  1. Rich Prezioso wrote:

    I’m not in love with everything in the HELP plan and, of course I know which side of the argument you are on, but it would be honest of you to mention that the CBO said those estimates were preliminary–they do not have the details of the entire plan yet. If you want the other side (fat chance…) read

    Posted 19 Jun 2009 at 1:22 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities? You’re kidding, right? Next, you’ll be referring me to PNHP.

    Posted 19 Jun 2009 at 9:18 pm

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