Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Democratic Senator: Health care bill was "political folly"

Newsweek's Howard Fineman reveals the post-purchase remorse of an unnamed Democratic Senator who voted in favor of the health care reform bill (via Allahpundit):
A Democratic senator I can't name, who reluctantly voted for the health-care bill out of loyalty to his party and his admiration for Barack Obama, privately complained to me that the measure was political folly, in part because of the way it goes into effect: some taxes first, most benefits later, and rate hikes by insurance companies in between.

Besides that, this Democrat said, people who already have coverage will feel threatened and resentful about helping to cover the uninsured—an emotion they will sanitize for the polltakers into a concern about federal spending and debt. (emphasis added)
Spot on, esteemed and wise anonymous Senator.  And by the way, Americans also feel threatened and resentful about paying the mortgage payments of people who bought homes they could not afford, and do not appreciate the fact that federal construction jobs will soon be denied to 85 percent of non-unionized construction workers, many of whom are unemployed.

Merriam-Webster provides one definition of folly as "criminally or tragically foolish actions or conduct."  The new health care law is, indeed, political folly.  And you, honorable anonymous senator, are a coward.

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