Last night, the House passed health care reform. The Senate and the presidential signature are soon to follow. Some commentary from the blogosphere and opinion pages:
Megan McArdle describes the House passage of the bill as tyranny of the majority. It passed despite 100% Republican disapproval and mixed support in public opinion polls. She hopes "the Democrats take a beating at the ballot box and
rethink their contempt for those mouth-breathing illiterates in the
Not everything that gets passed in Congress needs to be bipartisan. This vote represents a major failure of the Republican party to come up with a better idea for how to deal with rising healthcare costs and how to deal with the millions of uninsured Americans waiting in line in emergency rooms across the country. With the lack of policy imagination, all they had left was a "no" vote and that's what they did. It was the cowardly way out of this problem.
Also, compromise occurred. Maybe too much compromise. The compromises may not have been with the Republicans, because who can compromise with someone who just says no. The compromise occurred within the Democratic party.
Matt Yglesias says that Pelosi is the best Speaker that we've ever had. He also writes that Republican pig-headedness was responsible for last night's victory. "But the right wing, by invariably indicating that it would settle for
nothing less than total victory, inspired progressive forces to march
on and win their greatest legislative victory in decades."
Ezra Klein writes, " It is the most sweeping piece of legislation Congress has passed in
recent memory, but it is much less ambitious than the solutions that
past presidents have proposed. It is routinely lambasted for being too
big and comprehensive, but compared to the problems it faces, it is too
small and too incrementalist…
But it's a start"