In Ohio, what is a “blue dog” Democrat? The answer is- A Democrat who maybe likes guns, but is still willing to vote to radically change the relationship Americans have with their Government. After serious arm twisting and backroom deals, Rep. Charlie Wilson and Rep. John Boccieri, who were once likely no votes, are now willing to vote reconciliation on the health care legislation.
From the WaPo:
Democrats picked up two more votes in favor of their health-care package Friday, as Ohio Rep. John Boccieri (D) announced that he would support the final measure after having opposed the original House bill in November. Fellow Ohio Democrat Charles Wilson, who had been publicly undecided, also issued a news release saying he would vote “yes.”
“I will be voting yes for the bill,” Boccieri said at a news conference outside the Capitol, flanked by constituents from his northeast Ohio district.
And from Rep. Wilson’s website:
WASHINGTON, DC – After reviewing the CBO score and the final reconciliation bill (H.R. 4872) language, U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson announced his support of the Senate health reform bill and the reconciliation bill which will make necessary changes to the Senate bill.
Analysis released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office concludes that the health reform bill with the amendments in the reconciliation bill will lead to a reduction of $138 billion in the federal deficit over a ten year period. In addition, it will cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the second ten year period –the largest deficit reduction measure in 17 years.
“This bill is not perfect, but it is a strong step forward,” Wilson said. “I have seen the CBO score and the reconciliation changes for myself. This bill will not add a dime to the deficit. I am confident that the Senate bill will be amended by the reconciliation language and that special deals for certain states, like Nebraska, have been taken out, that affordability for middle class families has been improved and that the harmful excise tax on high cost health plans has been adjusted. For these reasons and for the benefits that this bill will bring to my constituents, I will support the Senate bill with the announced reconciliation changes.”
The CBO score is a non-issue, as it is preliminary and full of accounting gimmicks:
All of this scheming and maneuvering is catching up with them. The Washington Post reports today that CBO now says the latest version of the Democratic plan will no longer cut the deficit as the Democrats have claimed. That’s not surprising. To buy votes, they are upping the subsidies in the exchanges, expanding the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, delaying the Cadillac tax, and buying off countless members with other assorted and unseen deals (where are the C-SPAN cameras when you really need them?). Little wonder that even their phony deficit-reduction claims have now evaporated.
But the game is not over. Even now, they are going back to CBO with another bag full of tricks. They will never actually impose any sort of real budget discipline, of course. That would cost them votes. But no gimmick is too shameless for them; they will do anything if allows them to claim that enactment of another runaway entitlement program will actually improve our long-term budget outlook.
Fortunately, the public is not buying it. The American people see through the smokescreen. They know full well that Congress wants to put in place another unfinanced and expensive entitlement program, even as the federal government is piling up debt at a record pace. Which is why they are telling their elected representatives in every way they can to stop the madness already — and start over.
In 1994, then-Congressman Strickland lost what is now Rep. Wilson’s seat to Frank Cremeans because of Ted’s support for Hillarycare. Wouldn’t you love to know what was so compelling that two Ohio Congressmen are willing to disregard political realities, bend Congressional rules, and vote against the will of a majority of their constituents? They are either getting some horrible advice or were made an offer they couldn’t refuse.