Quick Reaction To The Health Care Vote This Evening

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 7, 2009

Once it became clear that the Stupak amendment would pass–by the way, it passed thanks to a liberal, pro-choice Speaker of the House pushing for it in order to get the votes of pro-life Democrats on final passage–it was entirely unsurprising to see the health care reform bill pass. End result? A failure to control costs and a health care bill which criminalizes health care choices, and limits the ability to get more life-saving drugs to come down the pipeline.

Voting for the Stupak amendment, of course, was tremendously stupid on the part of House Republicans. They helped make it easier for pro-life Democrats to vote for the bill on final passage. Their tactical and cognitive failure on this issue was amazing to behold.

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