March 21st, 2010
04:14 PM ET

Roundup of perspectives on health care vote

A roundup of perspectives on the health care vote published on the eve of the vote:  

“In reality, if you strip out all the gimmicks and budgetary games and rework the calculus, a wholly different picture emerges: The health care reform legislation would raise, not lower, federal deficits, by $562 billion.” (Douglas Holtz-Eakin, The New York Times)

“One of the problems Democrats have had is that it's very easy to understand the one thing the bill does to spend money—purchase insurance for people who can't afford it—and considerably harder to explain the many things it does to save money. Another is that a lot of the savings have to do with changing how medicine is practiced, which people are less familiar with than how insurance is purchased.

But the fact that the cost controls are complicated and numerous doesn't mean they're absent, or that they won't work.” (Ezra Klein, Newsweek)

“With the House set to vote on health-care legislation, the congressional debate on the issue seems to be nearing its conclusion. But if the bill does become law, the battle over federal control of health care will inevitably shift to the courts.” (Randy E. Bennett, The Washington Post)

“By almost any measure, enactment of comprehensive health-care legislation would rank as one of the most significant pieces of social welfare legislation in the country's history, a goal set as far back as the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt and pursued since by many other presidents. But unlike Social Security or Medicare, Obama's health-care bill would pass over the Republican Party's unanimous opposition.” (Dan Balz, The Washington Post

“One of these days, God willing, we won't have health care to kick around any more. But hold the champagne. No matter the out come in Congress, the final vote won't be the end of the raging national conflict.

 In fact, get ready for the sequel. And Part III and probably Part IV as well.” (Michael Goodwin, New York Post)

“For the last week or so, ever since it’s become apparent a climactic vote on health care was approaching, I’ve also been thinking about closing arguments. For most of the past year–and, really, it’s been far more than a year–the argument has been most practical. What would the bill do? What wouldn’t it do? And it’s easy enough to make the case for reform on those grounds.” (Jonathan Cohn, The New Republic)

“The health-care legislation, if passed, won't be repealed, and the politics of repeal may not work out as well as Republicans expect. You wouldn't think that based on the headlong rush to demand a repeal even before the health bill becomes law.” (Dana Milbank, The Washington Post)

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  1. dan

    we. the american people. do not accept this. If you and your ilk want socialized medicine, think you have a right to turn doctors into slaves; move to britian or canada; or any other socialist country, and wait in line like the rest of the scrubby servants.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. missdonna

    If this bill will turn physicians into slaves, I cannot imagine why the AMA (American Medical Association) is supporting it. I know several physicians, and none of them would readily consent to bringing their incomes down to minimum wage. Beware the fearmongers who use words like "socialized medicine," They don't have anyone's best interests at heart–except their own.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gloria Hickman

    I'm relieved. We're about to take an historic step towards meeting what is stated in our founding documents: "promoting the general welfare." Those who think this reform law is un-American forget tha most basic of general needs is health, The government should have been taking better care of us long ago. America should not be ranked 37th in the world for good health. This bill will, of course, need to be improved over time. I hope we will eventually have Medicare for everyone. It's the best opportunity to promote the general welfare.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cynthia

    Everyone who is against the government take over of health care, Do not sign up for Medicare when your 65. Just say no. Pay all of your medial needs out of pocket.
    Hey, ya can't have it both ways. Pick one and shut up.

    March 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chuck

    We, the American people STILL do not accept this. These Dumocrats need to spend some time in Canada or England and see what socialized medicine is REALLY like. They should look at the lines of people out the door at clinics trying to be seen. They should experience the pain of over 20,000 people in England denied life-saving medications because of the cost. Do they know what it costs to have diabetes in England versus the US? Try over $5,000 per month versus around $100 here (depending on your insurance.) ALSO, what in the world do STUDENT LOANS have to do with Health Care????? Please AMERICA get a clue and let your representatives know that we the people do NOT agree.

    March 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ross

    Sorry Dan, you don't speak for me and although I don't like the idea of socialized medicine, I wonder what you think Medicare is?

    March 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Victoria

    Its very sad how ignorant people are to the health reform bill. All this talk about socialism is BS!!!! If you ve ever been to canada,france or anywhere in europe for that matter you would know how great universal health care is.

    March 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sharon

    I am so glad that this needed legislation is about to be passed. It is 60 years overdue, and it is a first step in fixing the health care problems facing this nation. A country needs a healthy population to compete in the world economy and we only hurt ourselves by not doing what is needed to provide for the future.

    March 21, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dana

    @ Dan

    Dan, please don't speak for me by saying "we" and "the american people." i DO accept this. it's been a long time coming. no, it ain't a perfect bill, dan. but i'd like to have heard your specific recommendations to fixing a system that has been broken for some time. and i bet you've also had health care. i, for one, have not, because i couldn't afford it. and i'm sorry that some of the doctors' fees will be lowered, since they do a great service; however, i've talked with several doctors who have agreed that if it's between ensuring more people get coverage or maintaining the status quo, they'd opt for the coverage. I'm sorry you can only view it as a "socialist" move. Seems when folks oppose something, they quickly try to simplify it with a label. Well, Dan, it's not that simple. And while it may cause some insurance companies and doctors to have to change their practices, if it means more people get health care overall, then that's a step in the positive direction. And I'm proud of all the work and the long hours that our Congressmen and women have put in - on both sides - to try to make it the best bill possible. Which begs the question, what exactly have you done for your country lately, other than sit on the sidelines and complain that things aren't being implemented correctly?

    March 22, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. RP

    38 States! That's all it takes to amend the Constitution.

    Not a heavy lift for conservatives and libertarians.

    Problem Solved!

    March 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    It is beside anyone comprehension that the Republican party all of sudden became the only party who speaks for all American People, they keep saying the American people do not want this bill, so let me get this 46 Million American who need this bill to pass are not American people their citizenship has been revoked , people that their family are going bankrupt because of health issues are not American people, the American people are all Republican who believe in those who are wearing ten thousand dollar Armani suits paid by those whose agenda is clear and want to keep the status quo, Republicans must think that Americans who are against their agenda are dumb and do not understand the strategy they are pushing forth.
    it is amazing to see elected Republicans Public Servants who are telling Americans that Money is more important than people’s life and their health, whereas eight years of economic devastation is written off as Democrats guilty as charged, and not the Republican doing, this notion that Republicans took all Americans gullible and in possession of short memories collectively I may add, Is insulting the least.
    This reminds me of Mussolini who said either you are with me or against there is no middle ground whatsoever this kind of mentality will ultimately be either the Republican party doom or the American people. The choice is ours to make. The Republicans do not speak for me or Millions of Americans; they need to rephrase this almost hypnotic mantra that American people do not want this health bill notion. And say the Republicans need this bill to fail. So they can defeat the Democrats.

    March 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |