Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., was right Sunday night when he hailed looming approval of an unprecedented expansion of the federal government's health care role as "an historic moment." Yet the House also made history by taking that giant step without a single Republican vote. Regardless of your opinion on how to cure what's ailing our nation's medical system, that lack of bipartisanship sends a disturbing signal about how deeply our nation is divided -- and assures that this debate is far from over.
Our opinion remains that while major health care changes are needed, Obama-Care is a counterproductive regulatory behemoth that will impose devastating new financial burdens on both the private and public sectors.
That's particularly alarming in these hard times of record federal deficits and high unemployment. Persisting poll trends show that a solid majority of Americans share that opinion.
But even those who think the president's reform plan is sound should be troubled by the legislative machinations required to advance it....
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Posted March 22, 2010 at 5:40 am
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