And almost certainly unpassable. But the Democrats persevere, Ahab style, in pursuit. Updates:
From the CBO: no dice on scoring Obama's plan before the show-summit on Thursday:
Moreover, preparing a cost estimate requires very detailed specifications of numerous provisions, and the materials that were released this morning do not provide sufficient detail on all of the provisions.That's convenient. More from Hot Air.
William Jacobson predicts: Obama HC Proposal Has More Spending, Higher Taxes Than Senate Bill.
Another little problem: Obama's plan includes taxpayer-funded abortion, a huge stumbling block to passage.
But let's forge ahead with the sham summit and share our absolutely incompatible ideas. If only President Obama had access to the GOP proposals!
Pleeze. Lots of people watched Obama lecture the GOP in Baltimore. It was televised at his request. The GOP House members gave him hard copies of their plans. He promised to read them, not that it matters.
At his briefing today, Robert Gibbs said: “We are tremendously hopeful, which is why the president posted ideas of his on the White House website today. We hope Republicans will post their ideas, either on their website or we'd be happy to post them on ours, so that the American people could come to one location and find out the parameters of what will largely be discussed on Thursday.”
A Boehner spokesman replies: “Mr. Gibbs needs to talk with his boss. Our health-care alternative — the full text of the legislation — has been available at healthcare.gop.gov for months, which President Obama knows, since he discussed it with us in Baltimore a few weeks ago.”
Another Dem fantasy: Rep. Clyburn says Obamacare will pass in the House with a wider margin than before.
Who believes that? Not Jennifer Rubin:
What we don’t know is why anyone who opposed the last version(s) of ObamaCare would accept this one. It is still a mammoth tax-and-spend bill and still seeks to federalize health care. If Nancy Pelosi has 218 votes for this, I’d be surprised. If Senate Democrats want to walk the plank for a retread of the bill that voters in Massachusetts sent Scott Brown to the Senate to oppose, I’d be surprised. But I suppose we’ll find out.
Linked at Michelle Malkin (buzzworthy).
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