I for one welcome our new government overlords:
See how much simpler our health care choices will be!
And how inexpensive! Heck, it's almost like it's ... free!
A little earlier, HughS highlighted the bitter reaction of David Frum, who feels that the GOP just lost a major political battle by not caving in and compromising with Democrats on the health care bill. On the contrary, I think the GOP deserves our undying gratitude for finally showing some testicular fortitude and fighting the largest expansion of government power in our nation's history. Megan McArdle sums it up thusly:
Republicans and other opponents of the bill did their job on this; they persuaded the country that they didn't want this bill. And that mattered basically not at all. If you don't find that terrifying, let me suggest that you are a Democrat who has not yet contemplated what Republicans might do under similar circumstances ... If the GOP takes the legislative innovations of the Democrats and decides to use them, please don't complain that it's not fair. Someone could get seriously hurt, laughing that hard.
Imagine how much fun a Republican Congress could have "deeming" Presidential vetoes overridden, or using reconciliation to strip billions in pork payouts, earmarks, and "stimulus" spending from budgets. But enough fantasy. What the Democrats have just given us is an iron-clad guarantee that they have absolutely zero regard for the will of the American people. A clear majority of Americans oppose this health care reform plan, yet the Democrats shoved it through on a pure party-line vote. So much for Washington representing the will of the people.
Thankfully those who occupy offices on Capitol Hill do not do so permanently.
But maybe there's something even bigger that Democrats have failed to consider. Americans love to blame the government for their problems. Really, are there any private enterprises more disliked by average people than the Social Security Administration, the US Postal Service, and the IRS? If ObamaCare is actually implemented, every missed diagnosis, every staph infection, every paperwork snafu, every denial of coverage, every fine incorrectly levied by the IRS -- all of it will be blamed on the government. On the Democrats. On Barack Obama. Think about that. Is that the kind of legacy you'd want?
So I'm really not depressed right now. There's going to be a lot of excitement during the next few weeks as Senate Republicans attempt to block the "fixes" approved by the House of Representatives from actually becoming part of the Senate health bill, as conservative scholars prepare to challenge the constitutionality of a Federal health insurance mandate, and as the legacy media starts to actually explore the Senate bill (now that it is safe to do so) and unpack all the unpleasant little surprises that it contains. Once that starts to happen, look for public support for ObamaCare -- and President Obama himself -- to plunge even further.
I can't wait.