Argument: 2009 health bill rushed through for political reasons

Issue Report: US health care reform


Jay Cost. “Democrats Risk Another Jacksonian Moment.” Real Clear Politics. December 21, 2009: “It stinks of politics. Why is there such a rush to pass this bill now? It’s because the President of the United States recognizes that it is hurting his numbers, and he wants it off the agenda. It might not be ready to be passed. In fact, it’s obviously not ready! Yet that doesn’t matter. The President wants this out of the way by his State of the Union Address. This is nakedly self-interested political calculation by the President – nothing more and nothing less.”

“Change Nobody Believes In.” Wall Street Journal (Editorial). December 21, 2009: “The rushed, secretive way that a bill this destructive and unpopular is being forced on the country shows that “reform” has devolved into the raw exercise of political power for the single purpose of permanently expanding the American entitlement state.”

Robert Samuelson. “A parody of leadership.” Real Clear Politics. December 21, 2009: “What it’s become is an exercise in political symbolism: Obama’s self-indulgent crusade to seize the liberal holy grail of ‘universal coverage.’ What it’s not is leadership.”