One of the most ill-advised promises President Obama made during the health care reform debate was this: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." He should have known better.
Democrats may indeed lose seats in Congress for passing health care legislation, just as they lost seats emanating from the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As I always say, better to lose a congressional seat to right an immoral wrong.
There already is evidence in a recent poll that African American voters are motivated to turn out in higher-than-usual numbers in November, and this legislative victory will increase such a likelihood.
We do not get all we pay for in this world, but we are certainly paying for everything we get. We have paid an incredibly heavy price to get to this moment on health care: now is not the time to falter.
The venom directed yesterday at John Lewis, Emanuel Cleaver, and Barney Frank by Tea Party protesters should serve as a wake-up call. The epithets spewed by the Tea Party bigots are not protests. They are defamation.
Democrats aren't going to catch a break if they accede to their opponents' demands and drop health care reform. In fact, they face a steeper, more expensive climb during the campaign. They'll also face the wrath of voters.
With all the health care bill's deficiencies, winning its passage would be a triumph, not just for expansion of health coverage, but for Obama's capacity to grow in office and defeat Republican obstruction.
Stupak amendment supporters should support a proposal that requires that at least one insurance policy on a state exchange include abortion coverage so long as another, identical policy does not include abortion coverage.