There were undoubtedly lots of hangovers in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning, remnants of the packed saloons the night before. Washington’s socialists (read: Democrats), giddy with victory over the House voting 219-212 to pass Obama’s government takeover of health care, could barely contain themselves.
Happy footage abounded on the government mouthpiece networks the next morning (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC). By contrast, Tea Party protesters were shown in the worst light. The Washington Post ran a front page analysis by Dana Milbank calling the crowd “unruly” and “a hideous display, capping one of the ugliest and strangest periods of the American legislative process: the town hall meetings, the death panels ….” In other words, leave policymaking to your betters. Shut up and take it.
The bill, which passed without a single Republican vote, goes directly to the president, who will sign it this week, thus placing another 17 percent of the nation’s economy under government control and paving the way for a socialist remaking of what has been the finest health care system in the world. Then, he’ll take a victory tour around America for a few days to explain why this is good for us. He’s just not had enough airtime, you see. Of course, it doesn’t matter whether we like it or not. The polls consistently pointed in one direction over the past weeks, with a healthy majority of Americans saying “kill the bill.”
The House and Senate are jockeying over the “fix-it” legislation, which is supposed to remove some of the more onerous provisions. But don’t count on it. Abortion funding, for example, won’t be touched. That’s because Obama promised Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) that he would issue an executive order prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortion. Stupak caved and led enough other representatives to put the bill over the top. His office also suddenly announced Friday a $726,409 federal infusion for three airports in his district. Wow. How did that happen? An Internet campaign is underway to send Mr. Stupak sets of 30 pieces of fake silver. They should probably include a copy of the executive order that he can frame, but it won’t have much shelf life.
As the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel reports, “The order won’t change the Senate legal language – as pro-choice Democrats publicly crowed within minutes of the Stupak deal. Executive orders can be changed or eliminated on a whim.”