“Hell No You Can’t”

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2010 at 8:32 am

In March Madness fashion, late last night on the House floor, minority leader John Boehner put on a full court press to stop the passage of the health care reform bill. Boehner’s impassioned speech asked several poignant questions to the proponents of the bill, but none perhaps more memorable than: “Look at how this bill was written, can you say it was done openly? With transparency and accountability? Without back room deals that’re struck behind closed doors? Hidden from the people? Hell no you can’t!”

For Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, “but rather than calm the demonstrators, Republican congressmen whipped the masses into a frenzy. There on the House balcony, the GOP lawmakers’ legislative dissent and the tea-party protest merged into one. Some lawmakers waved handwritten signs and led the crowd in chants of ‘Kill the bill.’ A few waved the yellow ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag of the tea-party movement. Still others fired up the demonstrators with campaign-style signs mocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” But by the end of a very long night, with emotions running high, the bill passed.

For President Obama this was a victory–not only did he fulfill a campaign promise, but approving the measured “proved that we are still capable of doing big things. We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people.”

  1. The passage of this healthcare reform bill renews my faith in our government.

    This adminstration and this congress has proven that the will of the people can triumph in an atomsphere or negativity. The little man can still have a say in what is right. Thanks for courage.

    In the end many voted to do what was right for the majority or Americans.

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