Okay, we all know by now that the healthcare bill passed the House last night. Yes, I’m furious and scared and stunned. But I’m not sure with whom I’m more upset: the left for not listening to us this summer or all fall or the right for shifting focus and giving the blue dogs something to hang their hat on (well, gee, sure the government is taking over healthcare, sure it’s going to cost jobs, force every American to buy a product (or pay fines and go to jail), and well, sure we have now taken one more step toward socialism, but look! abortion funding isn’t there. Woo. And Hoo.).
How and why was the discussion moved to focus on abortion? I don’t want tax payer funding for abortion, but that is hardly the most horrible aspect of this bill. I don’t understand why it was suddenly “about” abortion and not about the cost, the government takeover, the elimination of what makes us American in the first place?
If the right keeps pushing SOCIAL policy over American principles, this thing will SURELY pass the Senate. That’s a given, so why why why do we keep doing that? This is about ideology not petty and Pyrrhic victories concerning minor aspects of social policy, which frankly can be amended at any time. This is about America. And if we keep letting the discussion move off that point, we will lose. Count on it.