This is getting uncomfortable. Passage would be a lurch towards socialism at the precise moment in history when we can see exactly where the endless expansion of entitlements (aka "socialism") leads, namely the looming bankruptcy of Greece.
Yesterday Obama gave a fiercely partisan speech imploring (warning?) his fellow Democrats to just pass the damn thing, regardless of the method, public opinion, or political cost. It strikes me that the successful packaging of this man as a moderate during the presidential campaign was one of the great con jobs of modern history (right after global warming - see my piece on "Intellectual Bubbles" from December '09).