Defeating ObamaCare isn't about inflicting punishment!
"Invoking the memory of Edward M. Kennedy, Democrats united Saturday night to push historic health care legislation past a key Senate hurdle over the opposition of Republicans eager to inflict a punishing defeat on . There was not a vote to spare."
The article then quoted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's absurd comparison that the Republicans trying to squelch debate on his health care bill was like preventing debate on ending slavery or granting the right to vote!
"Imagine if, instead of debating whether to abolish slavery, instead of debating whether giving women and minorities the right to vote, those who disagreed had muted discussion and killed any vote," Reid said. (By the way, Republicans championed abolition.)
Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell summed up the real reason for opposing Reid's ObamaCare. McConnell "said the vote was anything but procedural -- casting it as a referendum on the bill itself, which he said would raise taxes, cut Medicare and create a 'massive and unsustainable debt.'"
The bill does create MASSIVE and UNSUSTAINABLE DEBT. That is the REAL reason for opposing ObamaCare, not to just deliver a defeat to the president! Someone has to be the grownup here and say, no. Bottom line is, we cannot afford this legislation.
By the way, Sen. Mary Landrieu corrected the perception her vote was purchased for $100 million in aid to her state; it was really $300 million! She held out for a better deal.
It is ironic that Harry Reid views his health care legislation in terms of abolishing slavery or granting rights when in reality it will*:
- Create 3,425 new mandates for individuals and businesses
- New mandates will be managed by 111 NEW bureaucracies
- Creates massive and unsustainable debt
- Fails to cover 12 million Americans
- Costs closer to $2.3 trillion over 10 years; $6.4 trillion if impact on private sector is factored in
- Mandates taxpayer funded abortion
Opposing ObamaCare isn't about inflicting a punishing defeat on the President; it's about preventing bureaucratic entanglements and an unsustainable debt-load on the American people.
Given that most Americans do not support this type of health care reform, it is becoming more and more evident that we no longer have a representative government. We do, however, have the best government pork can buy. Heaven help us.
*Statistics from Vicki McKenna's show today
More reading: The Impending Obama Borrow and Spend Disaster
Most See No Upside to Health Care Reforms
Past Post: Being "stubborn as a mule" can be a good thing
Links: Practically Speaking, Fairly Conservative, Betterbrookfield, RandyMelchert, Jay Weber, Vicki McKenna, The Right View Wisconsin, CNS News, Mark Levin, Breitbart BigGovernment, The Heritage Foundation