Posted by: New Class Traitor | March 21, 2010

Democrats explain why you should oppose 0bamacare

Compiled by John Hawkins (see also Van Helsing):

“There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this, but if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.” — Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN)

“Bluntly put, this is the political reality: First, the battle for public opinion has been lost. Comprehensive health care has been lost. If it fails, as appears possible, Democrats will face the brunt of the electorate’s reaction. If it passes, however, Democrats will face a far greater calamitous reaction at the polls. Wishing, praying or pretending will not change these outcomes.” — Patrick H. Caddell & Douglas E. Schoen

“The problem is this: we are spending almost a trillion dollars and folks are telling me I should vote yes and we will fix it later. You wouldn’t buy a car for a trillion dollars and say yeah, it doesn’t run but we will fix it later.” — Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

“There’s a lot of discomfort with the reconciliation process, the self-implementing rule, where you wouldn’t have a formal vote on maybe the most important policy of the past 40 years. I have a big issue with the way they’re doing the process. I think it’s wrong and my constituents don’t like it.” — Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA)

“I was one of the authors of the legislation that created the budget reconciliation process in 1974, and I am certain that putting health care reform and climate change legislation on a freight train through Congress is an outrage that must be resisted.” — Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)

“I don’t believe reconciliation was ever intended for (health care reform). It doesn’t work well for writing major, substantive legislation.” — Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)

“Anyone who would stand before you and say ‘well, if you pass health care reform next year’s health care premiums are going down,’ I don’t think is telling the truth. I think it is likely they would go up.” — Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

“While deeming, like reconciliation, has been used by Republicans and Democrats in the past, the context in which it would be used in this case leads me to conclude that it would poison an already terribly partisan atmosphere and leave the Congress even less able to find bipartisan solutions to fiscal problems that are on the verge of becoming overwhelming.” — Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)

“This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry. $70 billion dollars a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance, five consecutive years of double-digit premium increases.” — Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)

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