January 21, 2010

BLAMING THE VICTIM:

The curse of opportunity (George F. Will, January 21, 2010, National Post)

Because the legislation is frightening and unpopular, Democrats have had to resort to serial bribery to advance it. Massachusetts voted immediately after the corruption of exempting, until 2018, union members from the tax on high-value health insurance plans. This tax was supposedly the crucial component of what supposedly was reform’s primary goal — reducing costs.

The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., thought Bill Clinton’s presidency was crippled by the 1993 decision to pursue health care reform rather than welfare reform. So slight was public enthusiasm for the former, Clinton’s program never even came to a vote in either the House or Senate, both controlled by Democrats. There was such fervour for welfare reform that in 1996, after two Clinton vetoes, he finally signed the decade’s most important legislation.


Not only did Bill Clinton accede to the wishes of other Democrats in that regard but Mr. Moynihan denounced Welfare reform and voted against it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 21, 2010 3:33 PM
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