It’s Friday. Work and school have me quite busy. I don’t have much time to write a new blog post. You want to read some interesting new material. How about we compromise on this one and I present you with a variety of “fun facts” I’ve collected over the last couple of weeks? Read them at your leisure:
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) opposes the Senate’s version of the health reform bill, arguing that its restrictions on federal funding of abortion aren’t as strict as the restrictions he introduced into the House bill. He also claims to have about a dozen other members of Congress on his side–the Stupak 12–who he says will vote no on the Senate’s health reform bill despite having originally voted for the House bill. If his claim is legitimate, we’ve got a bit of a problem. Fortunately, as this post shows, there’s good reason to doubt his numbers.
After all their disparaging remarks about the reconciliation process, it looks like the GOP is giving up on that argument. Perhaps that’s because they know that the historical uses of reconciliation don’t cast the party in a favorable light. Or, perhaps it’s because if reform does manage to get passed, Republicans are already making plans to repeal it after what they hope is a return to power following the 2010 elections.
At the same time, some are speculating that while the right campaigns on a promise to repeal health reform, the left will campaign on a promise to implement the public insurance option, which has effectively been abandoned for now.
But the most fun fact of all? Sarah Palin and her family used to travel across the border to Canada to get health care. Apparently, the “socialized medicine” she openly critiques is good enough for her, but not for the rest of the country.