Sunday, February 07, 2010


Do you think passing health care reform might would lessen the attacks on Democrats? Don't be so sure:

Health care legislation in Washington may be stalled, but that has not stopped legislatures in more than two-thirds of the states from objecting to one of its central planks: a requirement that everyone buy health insurance....

Virginia last week became the latest to set about blocking any effort to force its residents to buy health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not. Approved by the State Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, the measure goes this week to the House of Delegates, which is controlled by Republicans, and is all but certain to pass and be signed into law.

The state would become the first in the country to enact a statute to oppose a basic building block of the Democrats' health care plan. (Most other states are considering constitutional amendments.) ...

Um, 36 states? And a bill resisting the mandate is going to pass in Virginia, with significant help from Democrats? I'd just like someone to explain to me how this could be happening in a country where resistance to the bill is simply going to disappear in a puff of smoke once the bill has been signed into law. Why would so many legislators put up so much resistance if this is something that's quickly going to prove quite popular? What's the advantage of that for them?

Pass the damn bill? Maybe. But the fight isn't going to end if you pass the damn bill. It may just get worse.

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