David Frum, former speechwriter to President George W. Bush:
Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.
It’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster. Conservatives may cheer themselves that they’ll compensate for today’s expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections. [...]
No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:27 AM on Mar. 22, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:41 AM on Mar. 22, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 10:43 AM on Mar. 22, 2010
You should really read this:
Fifty percent (50%) say they are less likely to vote this November to reelect a member of Congress who votes for the health care plan.
Those are numbers current as of this weekend. It also includes this:
41% of all voters nationally favor the plan, while54% oppose it.
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:45 AM on Mar. 22, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Mar. 22, 2010
Nov is a long ways away, and we all know voters are fickle. If true transparency and reform is what people want, more people need to get informed and engaged in the process, and the entire SYSTEM needs to be overhauled. It's pretty clear that our system has built in corruption and until that is eliminated large portions of our population will be angry and feel disenfranchised. I hear lots of talk of the Constitution. I think many need to be reminded that we have an amendment process has well.
Answer by Sisteract at 10:55 AM on Mar. 22, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:58 AM on Mar. 22, 2010
Answer by Sisteract at 11:01 AM on Mar. 22, 2010
Answer by callmeann at 11:05 AM on Mar. 22, 2010
Steph, I am not young and been around long enough to know the American people have a short memory. Also the way the population is growing new thoughts and ideas will be out there. Not to say they will be better, but a whole new generation will be there to voice their opinion. I just hope this country will turn around and start doing better for the children and elderly than they do now.
Answer by zbee at 11:16 AM on Mar. 22, 2010