- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The current health bill is about more than health care delivery. More fundamental issues are at stake, such as how we define ourselves and our lives as Americans.

Do we trust the federal government or our neighbors and the private sector in delivering desired social outcomes for our families and our fellow citizens? Do we preserve freedoms and use the framework inherited from the Founders in the Constitution, or do we embrace progressivism, socialism and the “nanny state”? Are we fiscally responsible, or should we pile on yet another entitlement program that accelerates the country toward bankruptcy?

According to recent Rasmussen polls, an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose this health care bill being rammed through Congress, and a majority prefer that Washington scrap it and start over. In addition, Congress’ job approval rating is at just 22 percent.

Worst of all, pushing this unpopular bill is dividing and polarizing the nation. President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and their liberal allies are doing irreparable damage to the fabric of our civil society. So much for their campaign promises and so-called hope. Neither history nor the voters will judge them kindly.

JIM VETTER

Furlong, Pa.

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