Monday, March 22, 2010
HOUSE PASSES HEALTH CARE BILL
In spite of unanimous Republican opposition (and opposition from the lunatic fringe) the House passed an historic health care bill last night. We're a step closer to health care as a right and not a luxury. Expect the tea party mob to rave and weep about socialism and taxes--their standard emotional response--and expect more veiled threats tinged with racism and red-baiting (and maybe more gun-waving) but progressive people can celebrate. This is an historic moment.
You will undoubtedly hear misinformed bellyaching--ideology masquerading as fiscal responsibility--from family members or co-workers. Of course they want health care for themselves, and wouldn't want to turn away a sick child because she lacks insurance or money, but by golly this is going to cost a lot. They may have been quiet when Bush started a $2 trillion war or trashed the economy, since he was a good God-fearing Republican, but God forbid a child gets surgery without paying or an old lady gets a free pair of teeth--that's socialism, isn't it?
Tea Party Nuts--sorry, you lose.
Paul Waldman wrote an article in The American Prospect, entitled "The 10 Dumbest Arguments Against Health-Care Reform" that comments on the arguments circulating among conservatives.