Moments later, the president sat down at a table, and affixed his left-handed, curlicue signature, almost letter by letter, to the measure, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, using 20 pens that he intended to pass out to key lawmakers and others as mementoes [sic].
Via Dean’s World,
The Times photographer caught La Pelosi, madam of the house of ill-repute, in mid-orgasm:
Roger Kimball compares Margaret Thatcher vs. Nancy Pelosi and morality. Since Nancy has none, guess who won.
But the consequences of the health”care” bill will affect all of society. Matthew Continetti takes a look at the crystal ball,
I believe we have only the dimmest understanding of the full consequences of this legislation. It will raise taxes. Its cost-controls are unproven and trivial. The bill will increase demand for a fixed commodity and thus increase the overall price of that commodity. So health care spending will continue to rise as more people enter the system, the population gets older, and technology continues to improve. Susan Ferrechio runs through the various unintended consequences here.
Even when the exchanges become fully operational, not everyone will be insured. The penalty for violating the mandate is too small to coerce universal compliance. In fact, as Scott Gottlieb points out, it is quite likely that there will be more uninsured in the medium run as businesses fob off their employees to the exchanges and those employees who do not receive subsidies (43 percent of the individual market, according to CBO) cannot afford the higher premiums for government-mandated insurance. Liberals will respond to this crisis of their own making by calling for an increase to subsidies, a public option, or universal Medicare.
Jim Pethokoukis explains how Health reform is faith-based deficit reduction
One problem is that despite being nonpartisan, the CBO’s methods are still dictated by Congress. That means Capitol Hill can get away with financial chicanery such as front-loading some tax increases and delaying spending plans — something that can help the numbers work because, in a fixed 10-year period, the tax income is counted for more years than the spending.
But back to those 20 pens Obama used for signing the bill; perhaps he used one pen for each way ObamaCare will take away our freedoms.
AND BY THE WAY,
Seven minutes into the above video, YES, you heard correctly, Joe Biden did say, “this is a big f____ing deal”. Ben Smith catches the mother of all Biden moments,