This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.
To get an idea of the brutal gantlet health care reform will be running in coming weeks, consider this: “Obamacare” has now been officially designated an anti-gun bill by Gun Owners of America.
Say what? Yes, the organization fears the “wellness and prevention” provisions in the bills before Congress might empower the “rabidly anti-gun HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius” to punish gun owners with higher premiums.
More broadly, “all this increased spending – and taxes – means that you will have less money to spend on pursuing your real passions: like providing for your family and purchasing guns and ammunition.”
We’ll leave any rebuttals to others. The point is, any comprehensive health care reform bill is going to have lots of moving parts, and any number of interest groups might find threats – real or imagined – in some of them. Enough interest groups get riled up, and it’s all over. It’s far easier to kill a bill than to pass one.
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