Those of you who may be encouraged by the reports of disagreements and problems among Democrats in reachi9ng consensus on a health care takeover, don't be too encouraged. This appears to be exactly like the run up to Waxman-Markey. If this is the case, these cries by certain Democrats of problems in the bill are really thinly disguised pleas for bribes.
Recalcitrant Democrats in Congress know that Obama will be happy to spend tens of billions in taxpayer money to buy off the votes he needs to pass these bills. This is how they got over the hump in the House with Waxman-Markey, and you can expect the same thing to happen again, and happen fast, on health care. In fact, I expect the bribes to be higher than the $3.5 billion per vote clearing price on Waxman-Markey. Obama knows that only steamroller tactics will pass a bill -- if he pauses even for a second to let opponents have time to take their case to the public (or even to finish reading the bill) he will likely lose. Sunlight is his worst enemy right now, and he will gladly spend our money for porkbarrel projects in key districts to avoid it.