Got socialism?

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It was not just a bad dream. It happened. The House version of the health care reform bill passed.

Legislators voted 220 to 215 to approve the bill, which is estimated to cost
$1.1 trillion over the next 10 years.

Does this mean the majority of Americans support a step toward
socialism in the form of free and public health care for all?

Not necessarily.

Public health care has been a goal of the Democratic Party for decades. They have the majority in Congress right now, and so they narrowly passed the bill.

The majority of the people in the House support this bill, but that does not mean the majority of Americans do.

It did not pass the House easily, by any means. According to The New York Times, Democrats had to sacrifice “major concessions on insurance coverage for abortions” to get the last votes they needed.

This was “a wrenching compromise for the numerous abortion-rights advocates in their ranks.”

Only one Republican voted in favor of the bill. That means these compromises on abortion coverage were made just to get enough Democrats to vote in favor, and after the dust settled, 39 Democrats still opposed the bill.

The bill is not on Obama’s desk waiting to be signed just yet though. Its next stop is the Senate floor. There, it will have to be approved once again by the majority of the members of the Senate.

Republicans have vowed to oppose this bill more than ever as it goes on to the Senate.“This government takeover has got a long way to go before it gets to the president’s desk, and I’ll continue to fight it tooth and nail at every turn,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), according to The New York Times.

President Obama is pushing for the health care reform bill to be passed by
the Senate and signed into law by the end of the year. This deadline quickly approaches.

The majority of Americans may not support the bill, but if the majority of the Senators they elected do, it will still pass and become a law.

Do the legislators represent what their constituents want, or have they been
swayed by extensive lobbying to support a special interest? The answer may come before Christmas.

If all goes according to President Obama’s time line for the bill, the vote will happen very soon.

Americans who do not want to see the country take a giant leap into a socialistic system of government must be ever vigilant. It is happening right now.

Author: Garrett Pekar

Garrett is a sophomore mass communication/journalism major from Granger, Texas. He is the opinions page editor for The Bells. Garrett is also an RA in McLane Hall as well as member of the men’s tennis team. His hobbies include spending quality time with friends and family, listening to music and playing some of his own on the guitar.

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