Reactions to Pelosi Care

By Robert Wallace
America’s Right

First of all: surprise that they got it done so fast. Pelosi violated her pledge to have the bill up for 72-hours before a vote, and forced a vote at midnight during a weekend. I should have seen that coming, but I didn’t.

Secondly: surprise that it passed. (The final vote was 220 – 215, it needed 218 to pass. Roll call from the NYT is here.) I was counting on stiffer opposition from Blue Dog Democrats.

Lastly: no surprise at the reason that Pelosi wanted to get this monstrosity passed. As the Associated Press put it: “A triumphant Speaker Nancy Pelosi likened the legislation to the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later.”

This is all about self-interest. Just as with Barack Obama’s campaign, we got the hope and change and optimism up front. The downside comes later. Here’s an example (from the Huffington Post) of the adulation that is going to come Pelosi’s way in the immediate future:

Cao’s vote was a mere bonus for Democrats, whose spontaneous floor celebration radically outdid the reaction of the Yankees to winning the World Series recently. The normally stoic Pelosi had tears streaming down her cheek. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) bent over and vigorously pumped her fist. Arms were thrown in the air; hugs all around.

As for the long-run cost, why worry? Social Security is essentially a giant Ponzi scheme but it’s already lasted almost a century. Medicare is a haven for corruption that is bankrupting our nation, but it’s also survived for decades.

When reality settles in this health care bill – if it passes – will be held in derision and contempt by folks who actually have to pay for it. They will decry the lies, manipulations, and selfishness that got it passed.

But why should Pelosi care? She’ll be long gone by then.

This bill – like Social Security and Medicare before it – is about allowing selfish people to get a cheap self-righteous high at the expense of the welfare of future generations.

So where do we go from here?

It’s by no means certain that this monstrosity will pass in the Senate. The longer the debate lasts, the less chance it has of passing. Pelosi knew this, which is why she broke her pledge to have it online for 72 hours before a vote. If the American people had enough time to peruse through the 2,000 legislative Goliath they would have found more than enough reasons to oppose it.

So Jeff’s analysis is correct: the only reason this bill got passed is that in the euphoria of passing the Stupak amendment (which banned funding for abortions) conservatives let their guards down. I don’t think this was a deliberate strategy from the Democrats, but it doesn’t matter. When you want to sell something for $25 you set the price at $30. Then, when you come down $5, the other guy feels like he’s getting a deal. That’s what happened here.

It’s going to come down to timing again in the Senate. Right now the Democrats have the momentum because they won in the House. The glory of victory fades quickly in Washington, however, and then attention will turn back to the bill itself. The faster we can get people to focus on the facts instead of the rhetoric the faster we can sap support for this bill.

That’s exactly what we need to do. We were winning in the House until Pelosi pulled a midnight vote on a weekend and a good amendment ironically got conservatives to lower the guard for just long enough to get the monstrosity passed. Our job is make sure that the Democrats don’t get away with such a trick again.

No more midnight votes on bills no one has read. It’s time we stopped letting the inmates run the asylum in Washington D.C.

Robert Wallace is classical liberal studying economics in graduate school. He and his wife work as business analysis consultants, and they live as undercover conservatives with their two small children in a socialist bastion of a college town. He has been writing for America’s Right since December 2008.



  1. Gail B says:

    Excellent, Robert, except for one sentence, in my opinion:

    "I don't think this was a deliberate strategy from the Democrats, but it doesn't matter."

    Just as Jeff said, "Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats just got played. Plain and simple."

    If that wasn't strategy, when the Hyde Amendment made federal funding for abortion already illegal, then why go to the trouble to adopt the Stupak-Pitts Amendment?

    Answer: STRATEGY. It gave the pro-lifers a clear conscience to vote for it.

    It will be interesting to see what the Senate does with this, and how many show up in D.C. again over it.

    One of the signs at the 9-12 Rally said, "We left our guns at home…THIS TIME!"

    I've been thinking about Rick's piece and the idea of Blue Dogs converting to the Republican Party. Maybe we should be suggesting that in large numbers to those representatives and senators! Think I will suggest it when I write my thank you notes!

  2. Anonymous says:

    74% of AR readership is probably dumbfounded that Obama is president and thought this would never have passed.

    Nice poll.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Consulting with a bishop to write legislation? Where is the separation of church and state? You don't just whip that rule out for the things you don't like. I think they all let their guard down. I will not vote for anyone that voted for the stupak amendment. My list is growing shorter.

  4. Dee says:

    I do plan to thank Jason Altmire for voting against this bill. Hopefully, the Senate will have more sense. I agree that this was all about Pelosi. I watched the debate for awhile yesterday and had to laugh when Rangel got up and said that God was good and took care of people and that we needed to do the same by passing this bill. Suddenly God is important to this group. What a travesty to our nation.

  5. Anonymous says:

    "The plan emerged from hours of meetings presided over by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and involving lawmakers on both sides of the abortion issue and officials from the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops.";jsessionid=76C810BA74E02E47CF2E1B7BF2A7334D.wap1

  6. Vibe says:

    Hopefully her glee will remain short lived.

    If a government plan is part of the deal, "as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent whose vote Democrats need to overcome GOP filibusters.

    "The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said dismissively.

  7. Gail B says:

    Here's how to unite across America, folks:

  8. Anonymous says:

    Let's hope Grahamnesty is right and that the monster is dead on arrival. That doesn't mean we can stop fighting, calling, faxing, emailing, etc.

    You never know what these bribing, O. nitwits might have up their sleeves for their Senate choice victims. We'll see…

  9. Anonymous says:

    America (what is stood for) had a heart attack NOvember 4, 2008.

    It went into cardiac arrest last night.

    Let's see if the populace can revive it next year…. if it survives that long.

    I am counting on Reid to use the "nuclear option"…. he's not going to be re-elected anyway, and as a retiring senator, already will be exempt from anything he wants to stick the 'little people' with.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The Dems' Healthcate Bill not only has to make it through the Senate, but will probably end up being addressed by the Supreme Court, as well (because of forcing people to buy insurance). Secondly, since it is not supposed to go into effect until 2013, there is plenty of time to vote people into office who will repeal it, assuming that conservatives keep up the fight.

  11. Rix says:

    I wonder what you will say or do if this monstrosity passes the Senate. Medicare and Social Security were pretty awful but they were just about money; this one may mean a death panel for your parents and 20 years shorter life for your kids. But of course, we will all be waiting for 2010 to see how another pack of assholes weasels around a repeal yet never gets to it.

  12. Linda says:

    Thanks, Gail. I've signed up on

  13. Anonymous says:

    I have already sign a pledge at Thank you for the site, this well help us all to help our country.
    R. B. Deal MCPO USN (RET.)

  14. Anonymous says:

    I signed up for FreedomForce LAST WEEK!!! I have been reading JB Williams for some time now, and am excited SOMEONE is doing SOMETHING!

    Idea: E-mail this these articles and the idea to everyone you know and tell them to do the same! We have to get the word out!

    Lisa in TX

  15. Anonymous says:

    OK, everyone now….

    Follow Rep. Rosa DeLauro's (D-Conn.) lead.

    ….except the 'pumping (your) fist' part.

  16. Aggie94 says:

    Check out the report on some accidental honesty on what Democrats are really up to:


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