Here's the opening:
President Obama is now determined to ram his health care bill through Congress by any means necessary, despite the fact that it will drive the government hundreds of billions of dollars further into debt and despite the fact the polls consistently show a majority of Americans opposed to his plan.(Read the full text of "What America Needs to Know What’s at Stake with Obama Care".)
Why is this?
In a speech to Congress, he piously declared that health care was "a moral issue; at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country."
President Obama is right, but not in the way that he means. Thousands of Americans at Tea Parties across the country have rallied precisely to oppose the fundamental principles behind the President's plan.
These protests were not just about health care, but about the proper scope of the government -- and ultimately, the future of America...
This is an updated version of my October 1, 2009 Denver Post piece, "The Real Stakes", republished with the consent of both papers.