So, step one of the Democrats’ health-care overhaul is over. Now for the hard part:
1. The Senate still has to pass the reconciliation bill that the House passed. And it has to pass it word-for-word, or else the House faces another vote — this time with fewer illusions about what the Senate will and won’t accept; with even more consternation among House Democrats, both the arch-liberals and the moderates, that they aren’t getting what they thought they were getting; and with less time remaining before the November elections. There is reason to believe this is exactly where we’re heading.
2. Once President Obama signs the first bill, state attorneys general will file suit(s) to overturn parts of it. Several parts of the bill will receive close scrutiny from the courts. Locally, it will be extremely interesting to see how Attorney General Thurbert Baker, running for the Democratic nomination for governor, handles the issue. Given the pressure Gov. Sonny Perdue put on certain