Here at the Plum Line, we write a lot about the mechanics of
politics — the processes of governing, the interplay of
political forces, the back-and-forth between citizens and
lawmakers, and so on. We do that because it’s interesting and
because it winds up affecting all our lives. But there are
moments when you have to set aside the mechanics and focus
intently on the substance of what government does — or in this
case, what government is trying to do.
I won’t mince words. The health-care bill that the House of
Representatives passed this afternoon, in an incredibly narrow
217-to-213 vote, is not just wrong, or misguided, or problematic
or foolish. It is an abomination. If there has been a piece of
legislation in our lifetimes that boiled over with as much malice
and indifference to human suffering, I can’t recall what it might
have been. And every member of the House who voted for it must be
Includes a solid point-by-point rundown of just what’s in this bill.