House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just returned to the Capitol from a health care meeting at the White House. Walking toward her office, I asked her whether the Senate bill's "Cadillac tax" on high-end health care plans, which both the Senate and White House are pushing, would be a hard sell in the House.
"It's not a very popular initiative in the House or in the public," she said. "It's something the President is committed to, and we'll see how it works out."
In case that's not clear, Mr. President.
Pelosi has long-held reservations about the policy, and has even gone as far as ribbing the President for reneging on a commitment not to raise taxes on middle class Americans by supporting it. That said, she's still optimistic that identical reform package will pass the House and Senate.
Great! I get to pay a 40% tax on my health care plan because Obama calls it "high end" even though my union has negotiated many of those benefits over the years in place of monetary compensation.
And this is to fund the piece of #$%^ health care reform bill that forces Americans without health care to buy crappy insurance that will cover little but sure will make the health insurance companies and their stockholders rich.
I can't wait to see Dems get hammered this year in the midterms and Obama thrown out of office in 2012.
Let's be honest here - the only thing worse then getting screwed financially by the powers that be over and over again is getting screwed financially by someone you voted for.
But I won't make that mistake again.
And I wrote the White House today to let them know that.
You should too.