Harry Reid's frightful day
The most powerful man in the Senate has cast aside those who would delay and defund ObamaCare as "anarchists...playing juvenile political games," as though one sweep of his scepter would send the unserious and unseemly jesters away from his court.
Senator Reid claims he is "really frightened" by the thought of shutting down the government if his ungrateful, unworthy subjects fail to surrender their will and submit to the inevitable.
Yet it is the country class of America that is deeply frightened by socialized medicine, and has twice now voted in a Republican House of Representatives whose purpose is to diminish and delay, defund and defeat a law that has been majority opposed since day one.
But Harry Reid is frightened of ObamaCare as well, complaining that the "anarchists" - the people's representatives - keep interfering with the Senator's imperious proceedings:
They've taken over the House and now they've taken over the Senate...
Go to something else, get away from ObamaCare. Send us something else...
Like Pontius Pilate before him, the Senator would rather wash his hands of the affair, would rather tend to his parliamentary schemes than face the fact that the health care law is an unworkable train wreck steered by the clumsy hand of government.
Senator Reid abhors the idea that the lower chamber might be so brazen as to demand dispensation from the royal health care law.
After all, only organized labor, by right of filling Democratic coffers, is entitled to "demand" relief from the ObamaCare morass.
Senator Reid wishfully thinks the heretofore spineless Republicans will meekly roll over, content merely to issue some forty toothless proclamations of intent to repeal.
As the deadlines approach for funding the government and starting the ObamaCare exchanges, conservative House Republicans are sponsoring legislation that may well frighten Senator Reid, as the Hill reported:
The new measure from Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) gives House conservatives the hardline approach they have been seeking by tying the extension of basic government funding to a one-year delay in ObamaCare...
Graves's more tenacious alternative had 42 co-sponsors upon its introduction. That creates a big problem for GOP leaders, who can only afford 16 Republican defections on any bill that is solidly opposed by Democrats, including a stopgap spending bill...
Graves's proposal drew support Thursday from Heritage Action and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the architect of the original conservative defunding plan.
"The House should pass this legislation immediately and send it to the Senate," Lee said in a statement.
The Hill further reported that endorsements of the Graves bill by the Club For Growth, FreedomWorks, ForAmerica and the Tea Party Patriots could "embolden conservatives":
Conservatives argue that if they can pass such a bill through both the House and the Democratic-controlled Senate, Obama will "blink first"...
Packaging could make the difference. As the Washington Times observed this week, ObamaCare has already been amended or delayed 19 times, including five delays implemented by the President.
With the employer mandate already pushed back by the President, a legislated one-year delay in the entire law would codify the President's orders in law, equalize treatment of employers and individuals, allow time to address union demands, and save the administration the embarrassment of a calamitous opening of a system that is clearly not ready for prime time.
Just as the President took the nearest lifeline on Syria, a face-saving deferment on ObamaCare might not be so frightening after all.