ObamaCare: The Coming Battles
Now that the House of Representatives has passed the Senate version of ObamaCare, what should Americans expect? If you are concerned about the future of your health care and the future of this country, here are a few things to prepare for in the short, medium, and long terms.
In the short term, Senate Republicans could attempt to derail the process by modifying any attempted "reconciliation bill," thus forcing another House vote.
We may also see various legal challenges to the constitutionality of ObamaCare. In a Washington Post piece from March 21, 2010, Georgetown University law professor Randy Barnett offers a nice rundown of the possible constitutional challenges and their likelihood of success.
In the medium term, Americans who disagreed with their congressman's vote on ObamaCare will have to express their opinions at the polls. President Obama demanded that Congress pass his agenda, saying that if American disagreed then, "that's what elections are for."
As Kimberley Strassel noted in the Wall Street Journal, Democratic leaders have repeatedly told moderate Blue Dogs that current voter opposition to ObamaCare would fade by November, and that Democratic congressmen would instead be rewarded at the polls if they sided with the president and proved that the Democrats could "govern."
Hence, anyone who made a public promise to oppose their legislator in the November 2010 election if they voted for ObamaCare should follow through on that promise, and as publicly as possible. (Similarly, anyone who promised to support their congressman if they voted against ObamaCare should do so.)
Pelosi and company are banking on Americans having a short memory on this issue. If tea party protesters and like-minded Americans drop the ball and prove them right, then everyone will know that the tea party movement is just a toothless political "paper tiger."