The underhanded process through which passage has been pursued highlights the dramatic deficiencies of the health care overhaul bill. Democrats – with their largest congressional majorities in years – wouldn’t have had to resort to a procedural trick like reconciliation if the substance of the bill warranted support on the merits. Nor would the President and his congressional allies have had to offer so many special deals: The union tax exemption, the Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback, the UConn – the list of infamy goes on, with no doubt more to come when the final bill can finally be scrutinized. And there would have been no need to rush the vote through before the bill’s costs could be thoroughly analyzed and digested.
Americans, a majority of whom oppose the health care bill, can see through all of this. They aren’t stupid. But apparently, their president believes that many of them are – they simply don’t understand the beneficence of the legislation that he is prepared to force upon them, presumably for their own good. As for the rest, it seems he thinks they’re wickedly opposing a bill that would benefit others for nothing more than their own selfish reasons.
Can a president successfully govern a nation when he apparently believes that a majority of its citizens are either stupid or wicked? We shall see. One thing, however, is certain: In a dazzling irony, through the ugly procedural health care “reform” drama in which he has embroiled the country, the most enthusiastically pro-government president in recent American history has demonstrated once and for all just how corrupt, cynical and inept government can be.
In the wake of this debacle, many of Obama’s Democrat allies in the House of Representatives will no doubt be the first lambs to the slaughter. But because her citizens are now more divided, demoralized, disillusioned – and disrespected – than ever, America as a whole is suffering for the Obamessiah’s triumph.