[..] What this bill does is, we finally take that step. As our leader said, earlier, we take that step from health care as a privilege to health care as an inalienable right of every single American citizen.
As I've said before, this bill is not complete. I've used the analogy of a starter home on which we can add additions and enhancements as we go into the future. But like every right that we've ever passed for the American people, we revisit it later on to enhance and build on those rights. And we will do that here surely, we will enhance and build on this. But we have made that first and most important step to make it a right rather than a privilege.
There you have it. Rights now come from the government. Not self-evidently endowed to us and merely recognized and protected by the government. "We", (congress) pass rights for the American people.
The Constitution does not matter. As I've said before, and as Harkin confirms here, it doesn't matter what's in the bill that's being passed today. It's a foot in the door. And they know it.
Social Security ... expanded and "enhanced" into bankruptcy. Medicare, expanded and "enhanced" into bankruptcy. We've been talking about it for decades now, and pushing the inevitible as far into the future as we can, when it will be catastrphic, but not while I'm running for office. Fannie. Freddie. Guaranteed loans. Expanded and "enhanced" until people who couldn't afford homes began to default on them in droves.
And we want to start a brand new, huge Federal Entitlement. Insanity.