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Opening Arguments

Reconcile this

So, if I say this health care reform plan, as big and monstrous as it is, is just a foot in the door for the statists who want to rule our lives, that it will just be the beginning of what they intend to do, I'm probably just a rightwing paranoid crank, right? But what if Nancy Pelosi says it?

"My biggest fight has been between those who wanted to do something incremental and those who wanted to do something comprehensive," Nancy Pelosi said in a meeting with reporters this morning. "We won that fight, and once we kick through this door, there'll be more legislation to follow."

Raving lunatics, every one of them. I'm not sure if she's the worst or just the scariest.


Bob G.
Tue, 03/16/2010 - 11:05am

How about BOTH?

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 11:13am

At this point we have 3 basic levels with respect to health care policy:

1. The status quo.
2. The current health care bill.
3. Something decent.

Our only options right now are #1 and #2. Because Republicans have decided to march in lockstep and see political advantage in blocking anything short of a Republican plan, they are simply not available as potential votes. That means, 95% of Democrats have to be persuaded to vote for the bill, regardless of how stupid, crazy, or selfish that particular Democrat is. This dynamic means that #3 is not an option.

The problem is that you simply can't get to #3 from #1. So, the status quo being an ever heavier albatross around our collective necks, our only hope is to go with the current bill in the hopes that something decent becomes feasible down the road.

The notion that the status quo is tolerable gets harder to maintain with every passing year. It's getting so out of hand that we're starting to regard health care as a luxury.