Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The True Goals of Healthcare

From the Washington Examiner
by Byron York
In a conference with left-wing bloggers Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that passing the current Democratic health care bill is the beginning, not the end, of the process of creating a national government health care system. "Once we kick through this door, there'll be more legislation to follow," Pelosi said, according to an account by Washington Post reform advocate Ezra Klein.
Democrats have often taken offense when Republicans have accused Pelosi and her fellow Democrats of trying to "ram" the health care bill through Congress. Now that Pelosi herself has used an equally violent term to describe her work, Republicans are left with new questions. "Whose door is the Speaker kicking in?" asks Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Republican Whip Rep. Eric Cantor. "People tend to prefer a polite knock, and after a year of having their doors bashed and kicked in by Speaker Pelosi, President Obama, and Harry Reid, we'll see how the American people respond this November. Right now, they are trying to reinforce those doors with steel."
"The American people aren't stupid," says Kevin Smith, a spokesman for House GOP Leader Rep. John Boehner. "We know this is just the beginning for Speaker Pelosi and her comrades. Their government takeover of health care is the first step toward a single-payer system, and that's another reason we are doing everything within our power to stop this bill and start over with real reforms that actually lower health care costs."
"She's got a long way to go before she kicks down the door," says Matt Lloyd, a spokesman for House Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Mike Pence, "and if she wants to keep going against the will of the American people, I guess that's her prerogative, but I think folks are going to have long memories."
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