My blog-buddy ST has an interesting post this morning about even more Democrats wanting to limit or do away with Obamacare’s Independent Payments Advisory board, more properly known as “Death Panel.” First it was Howard Dean, and now Democrat senators and representatives are joining the chorus. Read the whole thing, but this excerpt caught my eye:
But the former Vermont governor is not the only Democrat looking to kill the panel.
A wave of vulnerable Democrats over the past three months has signed on to bills repealing the board’s powers, including Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Elizabeth Esty (Conn.).
All five are considered vulnerable in next year’s election, highlighting the stakes and the political angst surrounding the healthcare measure.
The four House Democrats faced criticism from their party in July after voting with Republicans to delay ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates — moves widely interpreted as political positioning ahead of 2014.
No, really? Why, whatever could they be worried about? Could it be that the public hates this anti-constitutional monstrosity and wants Obamacare killed with fire? Could it be that Democrats realize they wholly own this oncoming train wreck, because not a single Republican voted for it, and we’ve sworn up and down to repeal it and bury it at a crossroads at midnight with a stake through it? Could it be these time-serving, careerist mandarins fear losing their cushy jobs (and their exemptions from Obamacare) in the next election?
Maybe. Some at least seem to have a modicum of self-awareness. We’ll see how many as the months go by.