Congress has passed it. The President signed it. It is law. We still need the reconciliation to be passed, but I am confident that it will get done (may take more effort than one would think, but it will get done).
Seems like a common theme I was hearing in recent weeks was how Obama’s presidency was a failure (from conservatives). Now I hear that the Obama presidency is an historic success (from liberals). In both cases it is a bit soon to judge. It is still too soon to judge George W. Bush’s presidency.
This was not rammed through against the wishes of the American people. It was passed by normal legislative procedures against the wishes of a minority of the American people. 53% of voters voted for Obama. Anyone who voted for Obama and did not know he or she was voting for health care reform was not paying attention. Although there were recent polls showing that a majority were against the health care reform bill, those polls actually showed that a lot of people were against what they believed the health care bill to be, not what it was. And a few were against it because it was not liberal enough.
Don’t believe it when Republicans claim they had no choice but to oppose the bill at all costs since the Democrats refused to negotiate in good faith. It was the other way around. In particular, Senator Baucus spent weeks trying to get a compromise that would garner some Republican support. Later, the Democrats stuggled to find the ground that would get both the conservative and the liberal Democrats to vote for the bill. If there were some moderate Republicans there to stand in for the loss of the liberal Democrats…..
This is not the salvation of the Democratic Pary (though it does and will stand as an important achievement). There are still seats to lose in November.
This is not the Waterloo of the Republican Party. The Party is not now exiled onto St. Helena to die six years hence. There are seats to win in November.
Now the lawsuits begin. Under the heading of “be careful what you wish for”, if this bill gets thrown out as unconstitutional due to the individual mandate, then the next time around the bill that will be passed will be single payer. Yes, it might take a few years to get us back to such a point, but it will happen if this gets tossed.
There are plenty of issues to occupy Washington after health care, but my vote for most important issue is the deficit.