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“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.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Howard Dean said the health care bill is go­ing to spark “lots more po­lit­i­cal fights.”

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