No one should be surprised of the news that the Democrats are getting together this afternoon with a surprise attack with health care bill guns blazing. To find solace in the words of Harry Reid last week that there would be no vote before recess is for a wishful thinking fool. This is the same Harry Reid who said, "this war is lost". What makes anyone think his word or predictions are good for anything? This is the way it goes. Republicans perform CPR on Democrat legislation and governance time and time again. This is what happens when the news manages the story to make it look like health care legislation is dead, while scheming political opportunists in both parties wheel and deal in the wee hours of the night. This is what brings revolt among the public as well, and the 3rd Party is going to be damn well on the way, if this bad faith sneaking by Republican cancers continue. They go into remission now and then, only to return and spread. Collins, Snowe, and there is always a special guest star, be it Specter, McCain, Grassley, Graham, you name it. If this bill sneaks through; Death to the Republican Party!
Update: 7/29/09 at 12:55 PM
Now that my marker has been laid down, to summarize the current developments regarding Obamacare, the Blue Dog Democrats have agreed to pass the bill out of the Energy and Commerce Committee in return for a delay on a vote until next month. That shouldn't provide much comfort. There is still the possibility that the mainstream Dems in the House could push for a floor vote before the recess at the end of the week. With a Congress as untrustworthy, lunatic led, and volatile as this one, anything could happen, deal or no deal. After all, as you can see in the details of the deal, it is all about money anyway for the blue dogs as I see no objection from them regarding the new regulations and government control of healthcare that the bill would dictate.
Regarding the Senate Finance Committee, Mike Enzi (R), says they aren't even close to a deal. Yeah sure, what about that group of 6 who want a bill for the president?