Harry Reid got his 60 votes earlier this morning. Some initial thoughts:
- The mainstream media is going to go back into campaign mode, to see that some form of Harry-Nancy-Obama-care, or is it Obama-Nancy-Harry-care, gets passed. The NY Times already is on the case pressing the big lie: “The Senate voted Thursday to reinvent the nation’s health care system, passing a bill to guarantee access to health insurance for tens of millions of Americans and to rein in health costs as proposed by President Obama.”
- The mainstream non-big media types also will join the campaign. Jonathan Chait at The New Republic is on the case: “Why the health care bill is the greatest social achievement of our time.”
- The blogospheric self-appointed liberal wonks are joining the campaign. Ezra Klein is on the case: “It was the first time the body had been in session on Christmas Eve since 1963. That’s fitting, as it’s arguably the most important piece of legislation the body has passed since 1963.”
- The left-wing Democratic noise machines will join in with background support to make sure the media doesn’t stray. Matthew Yglesias, paying homage to his “boss” John Podesta, is on the case: “The health care bill passed!”
“This bill will strengthen Medicare and extend the life of the program. It will make coverage affordable for over 30 million Americans who do not have it — 30 million Americans.
And because it is paid for and curbs the waste and inefficiency in our health care system, this bill will help reduce our deficit by as much as $1.3 trillion in the coming decades, making it the largest deficit-reduction plan in over a decade.”
I’m out of breath from explaining, hundreds of times, why this is a monstrous lie. But it is on its way towards passage with the help of the mainstream media, mini-media pundits, and blogspheric sycophants.
Merry Christmas. Rest up. You’ll need it for the final battle in January.