Friday, March 19, 2010


Hell to pay

The Obama Presidency has been a surreal episode in and of itself. Now that his minions in the U.S. House of Representatives are prepared to foist ObamaCare on the public-at-large by way of a "deeming" rule -- Creeder Readers are an enlightened lot, and you know 'bout which I speak -- well, what's happening in D.C. has moved beyond surreal and we're now, officially, in "What in God's name is happening to us?" mode.

If a Republican chamber of Congress ever took it upon itself to pass a piece of legislation without actually passing it, MSNBC's prime-time talking heads, and the left-wing nutbuckets who gather at, would erupt in fits of extreme apoplexy. You know it. I know it. And the American people know it (apologies to SNL).

ObamaCare is still not a done deal. If we awake on Monday to find that it's been deemed, er, passed into law, that ain't it ... no matter what Barry Obama might say. Fred Barnes tells us that ObamaCare will not only be a big issue in the 2010 elections, it will be THE defining issue in every election for decades to come (and Democrats are going to have a wee bit of hell to pay in 'em all). To wit:

If ObamaCare passes, sooner or later the backlash against it would morph into a movement to repeal it. Republicans would likely make repeal a top issue in congressional elections this November. The GOP is expected to win a substantial number of seats in Congress this fall. If Republicans take control of the House or Senate or both, clashes over health care would be unavoidable.

Assuming it passes, ObamaCare wouldn't go into effect fully until 2013. This fact alone would make the health-care plan a paramount issue in the 2012 presidential race, regardless of whether Mr. Obama is on the ballot. As long as he's president, Mr. Obama would surely veto legislation to repeal or gut ObamaCare. With a Republican in the White House things would be different. Republicans might be successful in dismantling the program. ...

Enacting ObamaCare would be only the beginning. The controversy surrounding its passage and how it might work would preoccupy the president, Congress and millions of average Americans for the foreseeable future—and then some.

Read the rest here.

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