The Health Care Debate ‘Could Not Be More Alive’
4:45 PM, Feb 4, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Ten and a half months after the Democrats passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote, the Economist writes, "Health-care reform, or at least the debate about it, could not be more alive." It is increasingly hard to dispute that statement.
In the past three weeks alone, the House voted to repeal Obamacare by a margin of 56 votes, a Senate bill to repeal Obamacare fell just 4 votes shy of gaining majority support, a Kaiser/Harvard poll showed Obamacare to be less popular than at any time since its passage, the National Physicians Survey showed that the overwhelming majority of doctors think that the quality of health care will "deteriorate" over the next five years and that Obamacare will have a "negative" affect on their profession, the Obama administration's Medicare chief actuary testified on Capitol Hill that two of Obamacare's central promises would be unlikely to be fulfilled, and – in an opinion that the Wall Street Journal called "an important moment for American liberty" – a federal judge declared Obamacare to be unconstitutional. That's not bad for three week's work.
Many foresaw this ongoing battle over the future direction of America, a battle that has only just begun. Here's Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) speaking on the House floor shortly before the Obamacare vote: