As of August 24, 2009, the two Democratic draft health care restructuring bills were horrible monstrosities which contained a myriad of pernicious tax and other provisions which put at risk the well-being of hundreds of millions of Americans while doing precious little to help the 10-15 million chronically uninsured. For the reasons repeatedly posted here, the bills stank and had little chance of passing due to opposition from Republicans, Independents, and moderate Democrats.
On August 25, 2009, Ted Kennedy died.
On August 26, 2009, liberal Democrats decided to use Kennedy’s death as a rallying call to get the bills passed.
As of August 27, 2009, the two draft health care restructuring bills still stink. Kennedy’s death may have changed the politics, but it didn’t change the bills.