July 21, 2009
IF NAPOLEON HAD TREATED AS SOON AS IT STARTED SNOWING IN RUSSIA HE'D BE EMPEROR TODAY:
Democrats Ready To Deal on Health (GREG HITT and LAURA MECKLER, 7/21/09, WSJ)
As President Barack Obama's health-care push enters a critical phase, senior Democrats in Congress are scrambling to keep their own party members on board.Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2009 7:46 AM
Democrats are considering scaling back proposed taxes on the rich, reconsidering taxing employer health benefits, and possibly trimming the total cost of the package to make subsidies for the uninsured less generous than advocates have sought. [...]
Republicans, sensing new vulnerability in the popular president, are stepping up their health-care attacks. In a speech Monday, Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, accused Mr. Obama of "conducting a reckless experiment with our economy." Conservatives have increasingly portrayed the Democratic plans as "rationing" by "bureaucrats," rhetoric that in the past undermined public support for health-care overhaul.
Starkly framing the political stakes, South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint told supporters last week that health care was Mr. Obama's Waterloo. If Republicans could stop the fast-moving effort, "it will break him," Mr. DeMint said.