Transparency my foot.
In its typically bass-ackwards way, the Democrat majority has released the 1,500-plus Baucus health care bill…a week after passing it in committee.
Here it is in PDF form.
But don’t invest too much time reading it.
Because in the Dems’ typically non-transparent way, it’ll be melded, molded, and amended behind closed doors:
It’s important to remember that the bill won’t exist in this form for long. Senate Majority Leader Reid and Sens. Max Baucus and Chris Dodd along with senior White House aides are merging the Finance and Health Committee legislation into one bill that will be considered on the floor of the Senate. The behind-closed-doors dealings have drawn criticism from Republicans, particularly because President Obama had promised a transparent process and pledged to negotiate the health care bill on C-SPAN.
Here’s some real transparency for you. Philip Klein at the American Spectator exposes the Baucus accounting trick:
Given that the CBO only puts a price tag on the first 10 years of a piece of legislation, Democrats realized that they could simply delay the enactment of the major spending provisions of the bill by four years, thus creating the illusion of a bill that costs $829 billion over 10 years. But in actuality, the bill is projected to cost just $14 billion in the first four years, and $70 billion through its fifth year…About 98 percent of the spending comes in the last six years, and 92 percent comes in final five year period. Thus, the true 10-year cost of the Baucus bill is well above $1 trillion, and according to estimates cited by Republicans, it’s actually $1.8 trillion.