House Passes Health Care Reform Bill 219 to 212
The Bill still has to pass through the Senate and it will pass through the Senate and will then be signed into law by the President. It will extend coverage to 32 million Americans who lack it, ban insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions…. The majority of Americans (56%) were against the bill. Obama’s job approval rating fell to 45% during the debate. I don’t think he cares. He is a staunch ideologue and believes what he’s doing is right. Besides, this is exactly what he promised when he ran for the presidency… The approval rating of congress is now 18%, and so the November election will be a nightmare for the Democrats. But it could’ve been worse if they didn’t pass it. At least now they can say they have done something monumental, no matter how unpopular it is… More than anything, this has been about ideologies. Libertarians and American Conservatives (who are culturally conservative and economically classical liberal) believe that this is the beginning of transforming America from a country of personal liberty to a country of government tyranny. Of course conservatives shouldn’t be taken seriously since they are all hypocrites. They want to economically liberate the individual while wanting to culturally supress him. But the libertarians should be taken seriously… Of course as liberals, our goal is to give the individual the greatest possible liberty, just like the libertarians. But unlike them, we, modern liberals, believe the state should supply individuals with the opportunity to provide for themselves. That is, unlike for libertarians and classical liberals, rights for us are positive, not negative. Rights of the individual are harmonious with those of the community… So the bill is passed. Those who opposed it, same people who opposed the civil rights movement in the 60s and wanted to keep their slaves a century earlier, will have to suck it.