WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pressed Senate Democrats to close ranks quickly behind a deal that has disappointed some liberals, saying Tuesday lawmakers are "on the precipice of an achievement that has eluded Congresses and presidents for generations."The Prez was referring to the Democrats' tortured health bill, which may fall short of Obama's lofty socialist goals. Lacking the support he needs to ram through a "single-payer" or "public option" bill, Obama is now into face-saving mode with a watered down bill. The hard left of the Democrats are angry and want to kill the bill altogether.
On that point conservatives agree: kill the bill. It is still an unwelcome governmental intrusion into the private sector, for one thing, forcing insurance companies to cover "pre-existing conditions." That would either bankrupt the insurance companies or raise the price of insurance for everyone else.
Covering "pre-existing condtions" is like buying fire insurance after your house burns down and expecting the insurance company to cover your loss. Neat trick if you can do it. It's the same old, number one goal of the Democrats: to get something for nothing.
Obama is right about "being on the precipice," but it is no achievement.
Webster's definition of precipice:
1 : a very steep or overhanging place
2 : a hazardous situation; broadly : brink