ObamaCare via forced reconciliation in the Congress is bad public policy.
The Senate Bill will fund a huge expansion of abortion funding in the United States.
Note this “reconciliation” process is not the right vehicle and the President and the Democrats know it’s not been used for this type of expansion of government ever before. Don’t believe the Democrat’s line that it’s a tool that ‘the Republicans have used in the past for their agenda so we can too.’’
What we can do.
- If you have a Democratic Representative write them. Specifically and clearly even bluntly tell them that if they vote for the reconciled bill that you will certainly vote Republican in the fall and vote for any other available Democrat in the primary elections coming up very soon. This is especially true if your Representative is a “maybe”. (I’ll try to post any stories I can find about the current “handicapping” on the hill as I find them. I’d appreciate leads to this if you find any.)
- If you have a Republican Representative write them to thank them for their principled stand.
Speaker of the House Pelosi says that it’s the right thing to do:
“But the American people need it, why are we here? We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress.”
She’s wrong. We don’t need it for ethical considerations for life and for government intrusion into our finances and our healthcare.
As to the politics and the minds of the American voter this is a wasteland of Government intervention that won’t work. Those voters who don’t know this already will soon find out. We will respond in the Congressional elections this fall. The Wall Street Journal says it better than me:
The goal is to permanently expand the American entitlement state with a vast apparatus of subsidies and regulations while the political window is still (barely) open, regardless of the consequences or the overwhelming popular condemnation. As Mr. Obama fatalistically said after his health summit, if voters don’t like it, “then that’s what elections are for.”
In other words, he’s volunteering Democrats in Congress to march into the fixed bayonets so he can claim an LBJ-level legacy like the Great Society that will be nearly impossible to repeal. This would be an unprecedented act of partisan arrogance that would further mark Democrats as the party of liberal extremism. If they think political passions are bitter now, wait until they pass ObamaCare.
See the whole essay printed in yesterday’s WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704625004575089362731862750.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read
See also two other good news article in the same edition: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703862704575099561273510680.html?mod=igoogle_wsj_gadgv1&