**UPDATE 745pm PT This monstrosity has officially passed the House, 219-212.**
McArdle at The Atlantic: The Future After Health Care
What I hope is that the Democrats take a beating at the ballot boxand rethink their contempt for those mouth-breathing illiterates in the electorate. I hope Obama gets his wish to be a one-term president who passed health care. Not because I think I will like his opponent–I very much doubt that I will support much of anything Obama’s opponent says. But because politicians shouldn’t feel that the best route to electoral success is to lie to the voters, and then ignore them.
We’re not a parliamentary democracy, and we don’t have the mechanisms, like votes of no confidence, that parliamentary democracies use to provide a check on their politicians. The check that we have is that politicians care what the voters think. If that slips away, America’s already quite toxic politics will become poisonous.
Here’s the list of the 34 Dems who voted against the monster. Some did out of principle, some out of expedience. We’ll know more Monday.
**During this mind-numbing House blather, the TAM Chat Room has gone live in the Members page. We’ll post a public chat room when these fools begin to vote.**
The public live chat room will be open prior to voting, but in the meantime, here’s an Open Thread and the link to C-Span’s Health Care Hub . Here’s the C–Span coverage of these Malignant Narcissists frantically trying to push this nation into the sewer of socialism.
In the meantime, some links:
A guide to the possible constitutional challenges to anything that passes: Is health-care reform constitutional?
**UPDATE (Pat_s) Reuters: MSNBC reports Anti-abortion Democrat Stupak to back healthcare bill
“This is a historic day and we are happy warriors,” Rep. John Larson, D- Connecticut, told CNN’s “State of the Union.” He added, “We’ve got the votes.”
But the chief deputy whip in the House, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, cautioned, “We don’t have a hard 216 right now.” Schultz made the statement to “Fox News Sunday” just as Larson was speaking to CNN.
Wasserman Schultz added, “I firmly believe we will have 216.”
“This fight is not lost, yet,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Re yesterday’s massive DC Tea party rally: Tens of Thousands Protest ObamaCare in D.C., Legacy Media Unimpressed