ONLY THE BEGINNING
“Final passage of this health bill will be historic, but not in the way President Obama intended,” the Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll writes at Heritage.org.
“Never before has such a large restructuring of the U.S. economy been passed on a straight party-line vote. Never before has legislation so unpopular with the American people been passed on a straight party-line vote. Never before has the fate of onesixth of our economy been so dependent on backroom deals and payoffs the full extent of which may not be known for years,” the writer said.
“To defend this abomination of a bill on the Sunday shows, the White House did not send health reform director Nancy-Ann DeParle or budget director Peter Orszag. Instead they sent White House sent political consultant David Axelrod to defend the bill on three of the five top Sunday shows. But there simply is no defending the policy substance of this bill. ...
“This bill will only make every single problem with our health care system worse: higher spending, higher deficits, and worse care. Former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean said on ‘Meet the Press’ [on Dec. 20], ‘[This bill] simply sets us on a track in this country which is expensive and where we’re going to have lots more political fights.’ Dean is dead on. President Barack Obama’s signature on this health care bill settles nothing: it is only the beginning of a much larger health care fight.”
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said the health care bill is going to spark “lots more political fights.”