One of the strangest and indescribable things I have seen and heard throughout this whole Health care debate is the new campaign slogan that Republicans have come up with that they are sure is going to be a winner and that is "Repeal and Replace." Their supporters are jumping up down with joy over this but there is on little thing that Republicans are not telling their supports and that is repealing a new law is extremely hard, it is even harder than just beating a filibuster. For Republicans to be able to repeal this legislation not only would they have to have a complete sweep in the election in November they would have convince several Democrats to vote with them, not only to get the 3/5ths vote necessary to repeal the law but the 2/3rds vote to over turn a veto by President Obama. But as President Obama said yesterday, if the Republicans want to run on that then they can go for it.
For hundreds of years we have had the doomsdayer that has always been there to let us know that any sort of progress that is being made will certainly ruin us all. During the Revolutionary War we had the Tories that were shouting that trying to form a new country away from England would absolutely be disastrous for us, yet here we are over 200 years later still going strong. During the 30s and 40s conservatives said that the New Deal and Social Security would not only destroy the country but bankrupt the county, it did not. In the 60s the doomsdayers were back again telling everyone that Civil Rights and Medicare would be disastrous and bankrupt the country. It has not.
The funniest thing about all of this is that this new law we have to reform health care that the doomsdayers have told everyone that would listen is a socialist, communist, fascist, etc bill that will destroy this country is not. It is actually a fairly conservative bill. It is not a moderate or liberal bill. Most of the amendments that were added in were from Republicans not Democrats. But since we are in this day and age of just saying no even if it is against your own ideals then we are going to see Republican after Republican trash this bill as much as possible. They have already stated that any bill that comes up in the coming months that helps this bill they will try to defeat. So in effect if this bill does not work as designed it will lay at the feet of Republicans.
On the matter of violence that followed the vote I know that these people do not represent the majority of Republicans that are out there but I also know these acts are not isolated as Republican lawmakers are claiming. Senators and Congressmen have received death threats over votes! Seriously? What do these pathetic individuals do for a living that they have nothing better to do than threaten lawmakers?
Of course there are those silly Republicans who instead of denouncing the violence are actually blaming the Democrats that have been threatened for what has happened. That is comparable to Bill O'Reilly going on his show on Fox News and blaming rape victims for being raped (which he has done on multiple occasions). Republican leaders finally did come out late this week and deplore people that debate in this country is supposed to be civil and if you have a problem with what is going on go to the polls and vote. They are to be commended for these statements but my fear is that it has come to late. They should have headed this off at the pass last year when this started but instead they encouraged it and some, like Michele Bachmann of Minnesota actually stood with them and encouraged the hateful rhetoric.
In the end, HCR has passed and it will make health care in this country better for most Americans. It is not going to destroy the country, it is not going to bankrupt the country. Health Care reform is something that has been attempted for at least 100 years. Even that old liberal stalwart Richard Nixon wanted a more liberal reform than the one that just passed.