Health care reform passes House

Posted on March 21, 2010

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By a final House vote tally of 219-212, Democrats succeeded in pushing through the Senate’s health care bill. The key switch came just this morning as Bart Stupak caved and announced his support for the legislation in return for … a promise of an Executive Order from President Obama. In return, the Susan B. Anthony Society announced it was revoking a “Defender of Life” award it was planning to bestow upon him, and his Republican challenger in November got an instant massive spike in Facebook support.

After seemingly selling out, StupakĀ then had the nerve to take to the House floor and say that it was Democrats who were always against the public funding of abortion. This was right before he urged against voting for the GOP’s reintroduction of his own Stupak Amendment as a motion to recommit. The notion of a pro-life Democrat must pretty much be considered dead.

Democrats and progressives have their legislative victory. They have divided a nation in the process and ignored the voice of the people they claim to represent. The chant now is, “Don’t worry, you’ll see how awesome this bill is once it takes effect!” I wonder how awesome it can be if they had so much trouble selling it to their own caucus.

Elections have consequences, and this is a big one. I don’t know if it can be repealed, but I do know that the “great” effects don’t kick in for another four years while the taxes will start immediately – all accounting fudges to game the CBO score. And mandating the purchasing health insurance, all the while further regulating policies and putting more costs on businesses – these aren’t the recipes for success.

But the recipe wasn’t for reforming health care, it was for getting government involved in health care and for getting the Democrats a “win,” no matter what the legislation does or says. The Senate bill still contains all the kickbacks and special deals that were so despised, and the reconciliation “fix” you can guarantee won’t be what House Dems think it will be.

This is a historic vote, and the grandstanding and ego-stroking will be quite unbearable, as will be the hyperbole about all the wonderful things this bill does. But this bill will not fix our health care system, which will lead to further efforts at greater governmental involvement in health care and probably spread to most other industries.

I could go on and on, but it’s getting too late. Instead, I’ll leave you with this:

Welcome back to the welfare state. The Era of Big Government is back with a vengeance.

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