"This is what change looks like," Obama said later in televised remarks that stirred memories of his 2008 campaign promise of "change we can believe in."
"We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people."
Oh, you proved something, all right. I weep for the future.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the legislation awaiting the president's approval would cut deficits by an estimated $138 billion over a decade. For the first time, most Americans would be required to purchase insurance, and face penalties if they refused. Much of the money in the bill would be devoted to subsidies to help families at incomes of up to $88,000 a year pay their premiums.
Care to wager on the financial outcome of the above? How about that penalty clause? When are we going to see what those penalties are?
To pay for the changes, the legislation includes more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade and cuts more than $500 billion from planned payments to hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and other providers that treat Medicare patients.
There we go! Just a lil' "increase" in taxes, nothing to worry about. Except, wait a minute, who are they gonna tax? Not me, HIM, over there, tax that guy!