Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Does Murtha's Passing Kill ObamaCare In The House?

With the death of Congressman John Murtha (D-PA), some people are thinking that this might be the death knell for ObamaCare in the House as well.

Here are two such analyses:

"Without Murtha, Dems now one vote short of passing ObamaCare in House" (AllahPundit, HotAir)

"Health care rationing bill gets nuked from orbit" (Moe Lane, RedState)

Due to the political stalemate on health care, the President has now decided to invite the Republicans to take part in a bipartisan, televised forum on the issue.

The Republicans now face a crucial choice. Do they stand up for genuine free market reforms? Or do they merely offer a "socialism-lite" proposal that gives the Democrats what they want, just more slowly?

As Duke University professor John Lewis observed in his article, "Obama's Atomic Bomb: The Ideological Clarity of the Democratic Agenda":
The protests and the polls are clear: Americans have, by and large, rejected the radical leftist agenda. But the issue is not yet closed. The Democrats have one last resource -- one secret weapon -- with which they can save their plans while avoiding political suicide in the next election. That weapon is the Republicans.

If the Republicans compromise... they will have once again capitulated to their opponents, abandoned liberty, and ruined the opportunity to redirect this nation toward its founding moral principle: individual rights, protected under a constitution in a free republic.
Will the Republicans give the Democrats an unearned victory? Or will they move this country in the right direction of individual rights?

Stay tuned...