Whatever happened to the time for talk being over?
If this was such a good bill, why do 59 percent (according to CNN!) don't like it? See BS also shows most people don't approve. Why do you have to go out and promote something which has been passed that a majority of Americans didn't like?
At the same time, if it was such a great bill, why didn't it pass by a bigger margin? No Republican voted for it, but 33 Democrats voted against it. So, the only thing bipartisan about it was the opposition. Why did it take the arm twisting, the bribes, the backroom deals?
Finally, why the rush to have the government seize control of our health system?
So, where do we go from here?
The move by 12 states to file a lawsuit against the Federal Government is one step, because of the many provisions which appear unconstitutional (requiring ownership of insurance at pentaly) and taking power from the states. But, will the lawsuits appear before judges who are liberal appointees who will re-write the Constitution from the bench?
Repeal is being mentioned, though many are saying it will be hard. True. However, there are two elements that is on the side of the repeal movement: public oppostion to the bill and the partisan manner in which it was passed.
Compare the vote on Obamacare last night to other heated legislation. Wikipedia states that the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed the Senate by 73-27 and the House 289-126. Not only was there bipartisan support, but Republicans supported the bill by a wider margin than Democrats. Public support was on the side of the bill, as 68 percent polled in January 1964 supported the Civil Rights act. The Washington Times also notes that:
When Social Security passed in 1935, the vote was 372-33, with 77 Republicans crossing party lines to vote yes. In 1965, when Medicare passed, the vote was 313-115, with 65 Republicans joining Democrats.Look at the most divisive issue of George W. Bush's Presidency, the Iraq War Resolution of 2002. It had bipartisan support (House 215 Republicans & 82 Democrats voted for it; while 48 Republicans & 29 Democrats said "Aye."), as well as public opinion on its side. The same cannot be said of Obamacare. Petitions calling for the repeal have exploded and people have rushed to sign them. Opposition candidates are getting a wave of support after last night. But, as Rush Limbaugh stated today, repeal must not be just a mantra.
That's the key, electing people who are the right leaders.
For those who say it's hard to repeal something once it becomes law, let me remind them of the Volstead Act.