I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Their candor about O-Care being a starting, not an ending, point for “fixing” American health care is simply astounding. Given public angst about the on cost and effect on quality of care and conservative objections to the bill as an irreversible, transformational lurch towards statism, you would think Obama and Pelosi would be scrupulous about selling the bill — even privately within the caucus lest their comments leak out — as something self-contained and modest in scope. Instead we’ve seen The One winking at House progressives about a public option down the line and now Madam Speaker hinting at god knows what to come. If you want to reach for that brass ring of single-payer eventually, you have to start the socialist carousel turning.
I'm not sure how anyone could be shocked that the whole idea is to lead to a single payer plan or, as Matthew Yglesias has put it, creation of the American welfare state. Democrats have been fairly honest for a generation that they want as many people dependent on the government as possible and screw that whole independence and liberty crap. Allahpundit ponders if the centrist Democrats should see this willingness to sell them down the river as incentive to vote against this monstrosity, but you do have to wonder if they're smart enough to see that.
Pelosi and Reid remind me a bit of those who know they're going to lose the war, so they just start burning everything in sight, hoping to make changes to their insanity too costly. I don't want Obamacare to pass, but it seems to me like the funniest thing would be for Dems to pass this horror, Obama to sign it, then the new Republican Congress to override his veto and repeal the whole damn thing.