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UPDATE: Chris Bowers at Open Left has a much more detailed breakdown of the Baucus plan. It's far, far worse than implied yesterday. And if you care about this sort of thing, it also looks like Max let an insurance industry shill write the whole thing, and made sure that those overtly part of the insurance sector read the bill before the White House.

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Tomorrow, President Obama is set to give a what pundits insist will be a "historic" speech before a joint session of Congress. He intends to gin up support for his Health Care Reform plan, such as it is. After 3 long months of watching the Democrats continuing their time honored tradition of pathetically failing to anticipate anything the Republicans will do to them1, color us unenthused.

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Many observers are looking to this long overdue injection of Obama's patented Hope™ and Change© into the debate as a hopeful sign that maybe, just maybe, we'll actually get something good out of all this aimless political meandering. Well, to those of you who quaintly assumed that a President who won his election by deft application of progressive talking points and the constant suggestion that he supported the implementation of a slew of liberal ideas would, you know, actually deliver on one or two of them, instead of constantly caving in like a tapped out coal mine to any conservative or centrist who throws a temper tantrum, I offer my sincerest condolences.