The will of the people
Original post made by anti-stupid brigade, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2010
But more importantly, if you break the individual components of healthcare down (pre-existing condition bans, dropped coverage bans, subsidies to purchase insurance, noting that you will keep your current insurance/doctor/etc should you choose) these main pieces all polled 65% plus. So it's safe to say if each of the component pieces enjoys 65%+ support, yet the bill taken together loses 25% of that support, perhaps the American people don't truly understand what HCR was providing them. Perhaps all the lies and distortions of the rightwing media machine were getting to them. Who knows.
But the ultimate expression of the will of the people is through our elections. And in 2008, Barack Obama focused most of the campaign on passing comprehensive healthcare reform. It was discussed, debated, and talked about almost daily on the campaign trail. He was elected with a margin of 10 million votes and the largest electoral college victory in a generation. The democrats in the house extended their majority by another 20 seats. The democrats in the senate extended their majority to 58 senators (as of election day 08, before specter switched and al franken finally won his legal battles in minnesota). The dems did this running as one of their main campaign planks a full comprehensive healthcare reform package. To claim the dems aren't following the will of the people is insane. If there's any way the will of the people was being ignored it was the fact that it was taking so long to get HCR passed and people were frustrated with the process..."we voted the dems in to do this and they're taking forever...what the hell?"...Of course, the mystery is why people aren't turning against the GOP for being the main reason it took so long to pass...oh yeah, the congressional GOP has a 23% approval rating...good luck running on that...
So please, teabaggers, spare the rest of us your bellyaching about how congress supposedly executed some power grab, violated the will of the people, shredded the constitution, whatever, when they did EXACTLY WHAT THEY CAMPAIGNED FOR AND EXACTLY WHAT THE PEOPLE VOTED THEM IN TO DO.