The Obamacare bill has passed, and the President will likely sign it into law soon. The results and ramifications of this will spell disaster for our country, politically and economically. But, there’s time for that later. For now, Republicans, conservatives, and the majority of Americans, who all opposed this massive intrusion into the private sector, have suffered a major loss. Here are some reactions to the passing of the bill.
Mark Steyn at the National Review Online wishes everyone a Happy Dependence Day!
I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it’s hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished. Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage: As the graph posted earlier shows, the governmentalization of health care will accelerate, private insurers will no longer be free to be “insurers” in any meaningful sense of that term (ie, evaluators of risk), and once that’s clear we’ll be on the fast track to Obama’s desired destination of single payer as a fait accomplis. If Barack Obama does nothing else in his term in office, this will make him one of the most consequential presidents in history. It’s a huge transformative event in Americans’ view of themselves and of the role of government. You can say, oh, well, the polls show most people opposed to it, but, if that mattered, the Dems wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing. Their bet is that it can’t be undone, and that over time, as I’ve been saying for years now, governmentalized health care not only changes the relationship of the citizen to the state but the very character of the people.
The BlogProf channels Star Wars: Liberty Dies with Thunderous Applause.
The Heritage Foundation responds to Obamacare:
Ben Stein presents six points against the passing of the bill at American Spectator:
1. This is a “bill” that is clearly not really a Constitutionally allowable legislative entity, eligible for signature into law. For it to be that, it would need to be identically passed in both houses. It was not. It was passed as a corned beef hash of vague promises in the Senate. Then a vote was taken in the House to eventually pass the same bill but with a few changes and a further vague promise to reconcile both versions. This is not how the Constitution defines a bill en route to becoming a law. This is just a demand by President Obama to submit to his authority, which the Democrats meekly passed. This is not Constitutional.
2. The slovenly laziness of the Majority to not even read the vague bits of the bill floating around is further evidence of contempt for law and the Constitution.
4. The supine cowardice of the mainstream media here is almost beyond imagining. To fail to even notice the attack on the Constitution going on here is stunning and discouraging in the extreme.
Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy questions why Stupak sold out for an Executive Order that means nothing:
Why then did the Stupakites change their minds at the last minute as a result of this essentially meaningless White House concession? One possibility is that they simply didn’t understand that the order will have no real effect. That’s certainly possible. But it seems unlikely. Even if they themselves lack legal expertise, they certainly have staffers who do. Thus, it seems unlikely that they were unaware of the points I made above.
Another possibility is that the Stupakites saw an opportunity to satisfy their pro-life constituents while at the same time mending fences with the Democratic Party leadership that had made this bill their top priority. Unlike members of Congress, most voters are rationally ignorant about the details of policy and are unlikely to have either the time or the expertise needed to study the order in detail and determine whether it is likely to have any effect. Thus, pro-life Democratic voters might well accept Stupak’s, Obama’s, and the media’s claims that this order represents a significant change.
John Hawkins at Right Wing News also comments on Stupak and Obama’s EO:
This is the biggest sell-out for a meaningless piece of paper since Neville Chamberlain waved around his signed agreement from Hitler and declared that it meant “peace in our time.”
Andrew Klavan discusses the significance of Washington passing legislation that the majority of Americans don’t want, and compares the attitude in DC to the one in Hollywood: Narcissistic.
Here’s the thing. The people want government that acts in keeping with our principles of free markets, self reliance and individual liberty. The people want culture that depicts the moral order as we know it is, not as sequestered elites dream it should be. But in Hollywood and in Washington, they cannot hear the people because they are making too much noise talking to themselves, confirming themselves, loving themselves.
They say that Washington is Hollywood for ugly people. But as long as our leaders and artists are displaying such blindness, arrogance and narcissism, they’re all ugly.
C. Edmund Wright at American Thinker comments that the one preexisting condition that will be cured is trust in the progressive Democrats:
Conservatives desire control of one’s own destiny. Liberals seek to control everyone else’s destiny. These two desires by definition cannot coexist peacefully. To pretend they can, in the spirit of bi-partisanship, is frankly infantile. Yet so many purporting to be the brightest still cling to that notion.
But finally, the control freaks of the left have so exposed themselves for who they have always been that even folks unengaged enough to qualify for a Frank Luntz Focus Group are waking up to reality
Good Common Sense calls Obamacare a step toward communism:
This health care ‘reform’ bill is nothing more or less than communism. It’s a redistribution of wealth from those with ability to those with need. It’s punishing one of the few businesses that has actually weathered this recession. Even in 2009, profits for the five largest health insurance companies rose by 56%. What other industry can say that? Maybe rent-to-own places or check cashers, but not many others.
And before you complain that these profits were made on the backs of the sick, I would remind you that America is based on equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. If those sick people didn’t want to be the losers in this system, then they should have been health insurance companies. They had that opportunity, but that wasn’t the outcome.
NewBusters reports on the comments of Republican Tom DeLay, who says that last night we saw the Constitution get burned:
Neal Boortz describes at length some of the more tangible results we can expect from Obamacare:
Taxes, of course, go up immediately. How much in new taxes? Try one trillion dollars. A huge portion of these taxes will hit America’s small businesses … our jobs creation machine. There will be increases in Social Security Taxes and Medicare taxes. There will be new taxes for something called CLASS … a long term in-home health care program. Then there will be a new 3.8% (What the hell … call it 4%) tax on investment income. Just what our economy needed at a time when unemployment is rampant … new taxes on the very sector of our economy that creates jobs.
Businesses will hunker down even more than they have been. Business planning is a long-term affair .. and businessmen will know that in a few years 50 will be the magic number when it comes to government health insurance mandates; and this includes part-time employees. So you will see businesses with just over 50 employees starting to cut back. People will lose their jobs so that the business can stay under the threshold. New business start-ups will alter business plans to make sure that they don’t meet or cross that threshold when the mandates kick in.
Younger Americans with health insurance will drop their policies. Sure, they know that they will have to pay a penalty when they file their taxes, but that penalty will be much less than the cost of a health insurance policy … costs that will be going up. Besides … because insurance companies can no longer discriminate against people with preexisting conditions, there is absolutely no reason in the world to go out there and buy an insurance policy until you really become ill.
Since health young Americans will be dropping insurance, or staying out of the market if they never had insurance in the first place, the insurance companies will find more and more that their customers are among the unhealthiest of Americans. This means more benefits paid, of course, which will result in higher premiums. What’s more, there will no longer be a lifetime cap on benefits. Even a government-educated ObamaSycophant could understand that this, too, will lead to increased premiums. But wait! There’s more! Children will be able to stay on their parent’s policies until age 26. What does this mean? Increased payouts on their parent’s policies. How can you not see where this is all going?
Gregory of Yardale at Moonbattery puts it simply:
There’s no point in sugarcoating it. We lost. They won. And The United States is now a country with more Government, less freedom, and fewer opportunities as a result.
And Donald Douglas at American Power also comments.
The bottom line is this: this country is less free and more under the control of the government because of this legislation. People will be limited in their choices, penalized for their successes, and taxed excessively to pay benefits to others. The question now is can anything be done? What will this cost us?