We have learned much from this health care debacle. We learned that liberals will act in spite of the will of their constituents. We learned that elected officials really do have a price. We learned that Obama and the Democratic party truly do not believe in bipartisanship. Most troubling, we understand now more than ever that our government is not afraid to act against the will and without the consent of the governed.
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One of the most fundamental concerns about a government health care system is simply the level of trust you have in your government. The vast majority of polling over the last six months indicates that the American people did not support this particular health care overhaul. But on a much broader scale, Americans do not trust their government to begin with.
In fact, a CNN/Opinion Research poll found that only 26% of Americans trust the federal government always or most of the time. That number is as low as was in 1994, when Republicans won control of both Houses of Congress. Americans do not feel comfortable handing the reins over to a government whose largest programs, specifically Social Security, Medicare, and the Postal Service, lie in state of disrepair.
"Pro-Life" Democrats Have a Price
Bart Stupak (D-MI), once thought of as a pro-life champion, proved that his pro-life credentials could be bought. Instead of actually having pro-life wording in the healthcare bill, Stupak settled for the mere promise of an executive order from Barack Obama. If Stupak is not spineless, he is certainly naive. We're talking about Barack Obama, the most pro-choice President in the history of America. Remember his first act as president? It was a pro-choice executive order.
Even as a State Senator, Obama had a sterling pro-choice record, supporting partial-birth abortion and procedures that border on infanticide. During his time in the U.S. Senate, he received a 100% rating from NARAL. This is not the man you go to looking for an executive order that supports the sanctity of life. It is no wonder that the Susan B. Anthony List has rescinded their "Defender of Life" award to Stupak.
The Myth of the "Post-Partisan" President
Barack Obama campaigned as a "post-partisan," indicating that the era of acrimony and strife in Congress would end as soon as he walked through the door of the Oval Office. This has been anything but the case. This health care legislation has proven to be the most divisive issue for this country in the past twenty years.
Last night, Nancy Pelosi referenced hallmark legislation like Social Security, Medicare and Civil Rights. She said that health care would take its place among these legendary moments. There's only one problem: all of the ones she mentioned had bipartisan voting support, health care did not. In fact, the only thing bipartisan about this health care bill was its opposition. Obama's promise of bipartisanship has not simply been broken, it has been finely crushed.
They Will Pay, But So Will We
A lot can happen in eight months. But it seems highly unlikely that Obama and the Democratic party will not suffer the consequences of this health care legislation. If Americans were angry and frustrated before this legislation passed, they will be even more angry and frustrated now. The loss of both Houses of Congress to the GOP seems to be a strong possibility. But with the cuts to an already damaged MediCare system, along with expanded government control and regulation over the health care industry, America will also feel the sting from this bill.
The Challenges Begin
At least twelve states are prepared to challenge this bill. Hopefully, this plan will eventually be eroded by constitutional challenges like several programs in FDR's New Deal were. But at this point, repairing the damage of ObamaCare will certainly be an uphill battle.
Fortunately, America is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. Challenges have only made us stronger. As we have in the past, America will take a stand against those who govern against the will of the governed.
Round one: Statists and Liberals.
But the battle has only begun.