The Rise of Obamacare?

In Uncategorized on March 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Last minute heroics–that’s what March Madness is all about. Unlikely heroes emerge, heroes like Northern Iowa’s Ali Farokhmanesh; heroes like Dayton Flyers’ Brittany Wilson and her game winning layup. Well, this March Madness is not only relegated to the hardwood, it has taken Capitol Hill by storm. Last ditch efforts by opponents to derail “Obamacare.” Verbal jabs on the House floor, priceless exchange, and with an historic bill of this magnitude, do we really expect anything less?

In spite of the heroics on the hardwood or Capitol Hill, fans and bystanders can cross the line a time or two. One of my favorite professors likes to say that when it comes to matters of the heart, be prepared for pushback, but also be prepared for the unexpected. And for those protesting at Capitol Hill yesterday, protesting an issue that is very close to the heart, some, not everyone, crossed the line by shouting racial and homophobic epithets. The beauty of America is our diversity of opinion and the medium for which it can be voiced. Perhaps the ugly side of America can be that as well–using that opportunity to spout hate.

Well, who’s Capitol Hill’s hero? Pro-lifer, Democrat Bart Stupak of Michigan–Stupak and pro-life Democrats reached a compromise with the White House, in which an executive order reinforcing the language of the Hyde Amendment, a rider that prevents federal funding for paying for abortion. Who would have ever thought it, and it almost seems like an oxymoron, a pro-life Democrat–however, the pro-lifers prevail.


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