Post-Partisan? Obamacare Push Proves the Lie

Health care reform is too big for a party-line vote
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2010 9:21 AM CST
President Obama speaks to reporters Tuesday, March 2, 2010, in Savannah, Ga.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama came to office on the promise of a post-partisan world, but he's about to jam through a monumental health care bill in the most partisan way imaginable, writes Charles Krauthammer. The president insists reform is popular because people support individual items in principle. Of course they do, writes Krauthammer. But they also balk at the enormous collective cost, a fact that Obama conveniently ignores.

The president "is determined to remake a sixth of the US economy despite the absence of support from a single Republican in either house, the first time anything of this size and scope has been enacted by pure party-line vote," he writes in the Washington Post. "Surprised? You can only be disillusioned if you were once illusioned."

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