I’m in Washington, giving a talk at AEI tomorrow. Tonight I had dinner with a group of folks I mostly didn’t know, including a couple of Republicans who had serious political-level health-policy jobs under GWB.
I said, “Isn’t all this too-and-fro on the Hill about health care just kabuki? The Senate passes something, the House passes something, it goes to conference, Reid, Pelosi, and Obama decide what goes in the conference report. All of them like a public option, so the public option is in. All the Senate Democrats, plus Snowe, will vote for cloture, eve n if they then turn around and vote against the bill. So we have 60 votes for cloture and more than enough for final passage. Is that wrong?” They both said, “Seems right to me.”
Of course I could be wrong about this, but I think Team Obama pretty much knows what it’s doing.