About that Democratc 'victory' in health care reform...

Yossi Gestetner
The Democrats are VERY happy they got the 60-40 Health Care Reform (HCR) vote, but instead of thinking that they have a political victory, the Dems should wait until...
... Until more voters notice that some Senators voted for the bill mainly because they secured special treatments for their State on the backs of others states.

... Until State taxes and fees will go up for everyone (including the poor) in most states, due to higher Health Care costs that this bill puts on most States.

... Until seniors notice that Medicare will go through very steep cuts in the coming years, thus making it more difficult for seniors to get the care they want and need.

...Until voters notice that cuts in Medicare and increased taxes will in 2010 hit a lot Americans, workers with fat health plans, and small business owners, while most benefits" of HCR kick-in only in late 2013.

... Until half the currently 12% uninsured Americans notice that they still won't be insured even when 2013 comes around (or perhaps they will be fined with almost $1,000 per-capita if the family that is not covered).

... Until the next November when voters will likely be well aware of all the above facts, and thus Dems will lose a lot seats in both houses of Congress.

Then, and only then, should the Democrats assess if HCR was indeed any kind victory for them.


The Democrats are VERY happy they got the 60-40 Health Care Reform (HCR) vote, but instead of thinking that they have a political victory, the Dems should wait until...

... Until more voters notice that some Senators voted for the bill mainly because they secured special treatments for their State on the backs of others states.

... Until State taxes and fees will go up for everyone (including the poor) in most states, due to higher Health Care costs that this bill puts on most States.

... Until seniors notice that Medicare will go through very steep cuts in the coming years, thus making it more difficult for seniors to get the care they want and need.

...Until voters notice that cuts in Medicare and increased taxes will in 2010 hit a lot Americans, workers with fat health plans, and small business owners, while most benefits" of HCR kick-in only in late 2013.

... Until half the currently 12% uninsured Americans notice that they still won't be insured even when 2013 comes around (or perhaps they will be fined with almost $1,000 per-capita if the family that is not covered).

... Until the next November when voters will likely be well aware of all the above facts, and thus Dems will lose a lot seats in both houses of Congress.

Then, and only then, should the Democrats assess if HCR was indeed any kind victory for them.