I’m in Washington, giving a talk at AEI tomorrow. Â Tonight I had dinner with a group of folks I mostly didn’t know, Â 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? Â The Senate passes something, the House passes something, it goes to conference, Reid, Pelosi, and Obama decide what goes in the conference report. Â All of them like a public option, so the public option is in. Â All the Senate Democrats, plus Snowe, will vote for cloture, eve n if they then turn around and vote against the bill. Â So we have 60 votes for cloture and more than enough for final passage. Â Is that wrong?” Â 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.