Maggie Gallagher

Democrats appear to be living in a fantasy world that this bad bill is going to make them beloved once Americans get to live under it. Right. Young people are really going to enjoy getting taxed for health insurance policies they didn't want enough to buy on their own. The majority of us are going to face rising health insurance premiums and we will blame the people who passed this bill, whether it's their fault or not.

Have Democrats in Congress learned nothing from Obama's stimulus package? If you spend a billion to fix a problem, you've bought the problem. President Obama can no longer blame Bush or the Republicans because he promised that if Congress gave him a billion he would fix the problem. Now it's not fixed. So the problem is now Obama's, not Bush's.

Similarly, right now, Americans do not blame Democrats for what they don't like about our health care system. But what happens if the health care costs continue to rise, access for Medicare and Medicaid patients continues to dwindle, health insurance remains a bureaucratic nightmare, and government intrudes on individuals with new taxes on everything from tanning to marriage? Whether or not the ongoing problems in health care were caused by the plan, the American people will henceforth hold the Democrats who voted for this bill -- over the people's objections -- responsible.

Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson, Harry Reid and Co., be forewarned: You vote to spend a trillion dollars on a problem like health care, you've bought it. Everything we Americans do not like about health care from now on will be your fault, and voters will hold you accountable.


Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.