March 22, 2010, - 11:58 am
As you know by now, yesterday the ObamaCare formula for nationalizing healthcare passed–making us no different than Canada, the UK, and most other flailing Western democracies from which excellent doctors have fled. It will ruin our already dying economy, irreparably. If you like the current levels of job loss, you’ll love the enactment of this bill. Today, it’s the set of “Deliverance,” and all of America is Ned Beatty.
Today, All of America is Ned Beatty in “Deliverance”
But all is not lost. There is a “sidecar bill” of amendments that the House passed along with the actual bill. Hopefully, many of the provisions in the House bill may be challenged and struck down in the Senate. Unfortunately, that is set for a railroading, too, with the Senate setting “reconciliation” rules requiring only 50 votes for passage. We’ll see what happens. Even if there are some things that get struck down, though, it’s a disaster. We can only hope that enough is struck down that much of the teeth of the legislation are removed. That’s not likely.
The best hope is that the states will fight it (under the bill, Michigan, for example, has about $700 million in unfunded mandates, which it cannot afford to fund) or that it can be repealed with a new Congress in 2011. You can’t be demoralized. You have to look to the next battle in the war, just as I said conservatives should look to the next battle after Barack Obama won the Presidency and Democrats dominated House and Senate contests.
It might look like it’s over, but it’s not over. Rosie O’Donnell has yet to sing.
That said, there are a couple of good pieces in the Wall Street Journal on this. First, there’s the editorial, “The Doctors of the House,” which called the passage of this legislation, “a landmark of liberal governance whose price will be steep.”
The Journal notes an important fact, which I hope tea party activists and others will take to heart as they prepare to vote for big, fat-cat lobbyists–like Michigan Republican Congressional candidate Paul Welday–parading as conservatives:
We also can’t mark this day without noting that it couldn’t have happened without the complicity of America’s biggest health-care lobbies, including Big Pharma, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, the Business Roundtable and such individual companies as Wal-Mart. They hope to get more customers, or to reduce their own costs, but in the end they have merely made themselves more vulnerable to the gilded clutches of the political class.
While the passage of ObamaCare marks a liberal triumph, its impact will play out over many years. We fought this bill so vigorously because we have studied government health care in other countries, and the results include much higher taxes, slower economic growth and worse medical care. As for the politics, the first verdict arrives in November.
And then, there is Kimberley Strassel’s column recounting how this cold cut loaf was produced, “Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory.” She writes about how Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak easily sold his anti-abortion soul for a “toothless executive order.” But that’s no surprise. Those of us who have followed his career have already noted that this guy is merely a sell-out who plays up certain things to get what he wants. The same happened when he used the deliberate plane crash into a building by an American Arab boy just after 9/11 (which included a note that he was doing this for Bin Laden), to harangue the pharmaceutical company which produced Accutane, the acne medicine.
Although I’m pro-life, to me it’s a far bigger issue that people who are old, infirm, and have, say, cancer, will be cut off under this legislation. The rationing in this bill is more anti-life than anything regarding abortion. And yet he went for it, as did others who claimed to be pro-life.
And then there are the great but sadly demoralized comments by readers. Who can blame them for these, as they capture the moment, the great nadir?
I hope the states hurry up and challenge this health care bill. If the administration keeps up with this agenda, the President’s words will be prescient. We WILL be just one nation among many, with nothing exceptional about us.
What have we done? Dear G-d , what have we done?
Do our collective voices count at all anymore?
When will we as a country take back control of the cesspool aka congress?
Life was to be protected “from the womb to the tomb”. Not taken care of, protected!
Who sold their souls and for how much during this entire process?
I am not sure who said this but these are words I try to live my life by. ’If we don’t stand for something we will fall for anything”
My poor unborn grandchildren what have we done.
May our Lord bless you and pray he shows additional mercy towards America.
He will always be our only hope and salvation.
I am very sad at our country and what the House did over the weekend.
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