No matter what happens in the 2010 mid-term elections, it’s difficult to see how key aspects of this bill will ever be done away with. For example, even if we retake the Senate, it’s unlikely that we will have a filibuster-proof majority. And regardless, President Obama is sure to veto any major overhauls or reforms passed by a Republican Congress during the remainder of his term. In addition, it is very unlikely that challenges to the Constitutionality of the legislation based on states rights’ arguments rooted in the 10th Amendment will be successful in the courts.
I have long thought that every individual should have access to adequate healthcare; that in our modern world such access amounts to a fundamental right. And many of us would agree that our healthcare system was in need of reform.
But what passed this morning is not “reform” at all. It is a power grab. Real reform would have empowered doctors and patients at the expense of middle-men like healthcare insurance companies and federal bureaucrats. Real reform would not further advance the depersonalization of healthcare. Real reform would have involved a devolution of power, not a nationalization. Real reform would have struck at the regulation, bureaucratization, and litigation that are, in the end, responsible for much of the increase we’ve seen in healthcare costs.
What we’ve got, instead, is one more piece in the creeping advance of the “dependency agenda” and the federalization of major aspects of the economy. What we’ve got is a budget-buster that will sink our federal and state governments further into debt and act as yet another break on economic growth and recovery.
So yes, it’s a bad bill, it’s fiscally irresponsible, and a blow to our future, but… we’d do well to avoid histrionics. The world did not end; our Republic endures. Rather than demoralizing us, let this morning’s vote serve as a wake up call.
If you want America to be the same land of freedom and opportunity for future generations that it has been for us, then contribute your time, your talent, and your treasure to support candidates for office here in Delaware and nationally that (a) are electable, and (b) will oppose the creeping advance of “the dependency agenda” and fight for fiscal responsibility and limited gov’t.
We each have different amounts of those three things; we each have different contributions to make. Think about what you can do, and do it. And above all else… stand, so that you can be a rallying point amidst the tumult for others willing to work to advance the common good. Stand, and show the world that the best still have conviction.