"You've heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don't know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it's about diet, not diabetes. It's going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."
You see, for Ms. Pelosi and the President and other Obamacare apologists, critics of the health care law were missing the forest for the proverbial trees. The issue wasn't about whether the Affordable Care Act was sound policy capable of being executed well, it was about what the law represented as a vision of what health care in America should be.
This is what happens when you put 24-year-old congressional staffers and ideologically driven special interests in charge of drafting legislation. When you try to transmogrify the chill that ran up Chris Matthews' leg in 2008 into actual policy, you get an incoherent, inoperable morass of half-baked ideology masquerading as legitimate reform.
Ezra Klein knows it, and others in the President's cheering section are realizing it too: The problems with Obamacare are substantive and procedural. They are not limited to the roll out, which of course has been a spectacular failure. The patent absurdity of Nancy Pelosi's position is becoming increasingly obvious. Any lawyer worth their snuff will tell you not to sign on the dotted line until you have read the contract in full. The reason is because once you sign, like it or not you are bound. The President is attempting to mitigate the gross flaws in Obamacare through unconstitutional Executive edicts, but at this point he is only putting lipstick on a hopeless ugly pig. Every single legislator who failed to read the bill (most of them) and voted for it is guilty of legislative malpractice, and the American people are beginning to pay the price in huge numbers. Remember the President's promise that those of us that like our health care coverage could keep it, no problem? There is no other way to say it: THIS WAS A BOLD FACED LIE.
This whole debacle is positively Kafkaesque. It remains to be seen whether the voters will express their frustration at the polls and the pie-eyed "hope and changers" will be turned out on their ears. If not, if we allow the Harry Reid's and Nancy Pelosi's of Congress to convince us that it's the Tea Party's fault we're in such a mess, then the American people will have no one to blame but ourselves as we continue skipping along behind our Pied Piper President.