If you see someone kick a dog, that's pretty much all you need to know about him. That one little snapshot speaks volumes.
Likewise, with this health care bill, all you need to know about is the most recent backroom deal: the unions, which were heavy contributors to the Obama campaign, have been exempted from the so-called "Cadillac tax," which taxed health care plans worth more than $8900 for an individual or $24,000 for a family. Big Labor, of course, objected when they saw that they might actually be taxed on their lavish health care plans. Taxation is for other people. Especially when their guy is in the White House. So they voiced their displeasure to Obama, and Obama crumpled.
This "Cadillac tax" had been one of the main ways the bill was supposedly going to pay for itself.
But now, only non-union employees have to pay taxes on such benefits.
Of course, there were also special provisions (otherwise known as "bribes") to bring other parties on board. To get Senator Ben Nelson's approval, they had to offer a special $300 million Medicare package for Nebraska that other states did not get. To get Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's vote, the Democratic leadership in the Senate had to offer her $100 million in special aid to her state. The AARP was bought off with an increase of $20 million in federal grants. (The organization also benefits from the cutting of Medicare Advantage, which means that seniors will be forced to turn to Medigap, which AARP happens to sell -- and which provides 60% of their revenues.)
There are countless other bribes helping propel this bill forward.
But knowing about all these other bribes are the equivalent of seeing the nasty person mentioned in the first paragraph go on to berate a waiter, then steal money from a blind man's cup, then key a car.
All you needed to see was the kicking of the dog, and you already knew he was someone you wanted nothing to do with.