Even Bill Didn't Read The BillSep 21, 2010
Never before this year has the Congress passed such a mammoth intervention in the marketplace, such as the infamous health care bill, with so many outstanding questions. The reason for the unanswered — and unknowable — is, of course, that very few members read it. Remember madam speaker's clownish remark? "We have to pass the bill so we can know what's in it." That boomerang has come back to bite Bill Clinton as well. A vociferous proponent of the bill because of the Utopia it would bring us, it turns out those well wishes were vacuous by the nature of his ignorance of the legislation's own mechanisms. He as much admitted it on Meet The Press on Sunday (see Jonah Goldberg at AEI's Enterprise Blog). When asked by host David Gregory why the public has a distaste for the bill despite Mr. Clinton's prognostication in 2009 that they would love it once it was signed into law, he responded:
Well, I was wrong about that for two reasons. First of all, the benefits of the bill are spread out over three or four years. It takes a long time to implement it. And secondly, there was — there’s been an enormous and highly effective attack on it.
Hmmm. He didn't know it would take several years, huh? Even I knew that. So, Bill didn't read the bill. Guess what Mr. Former President? The people you disparage as "attacking" it are doing nothing more than providing the truth of the facts; facts found in the bill, because, unlike you, they've read it and know what's in it. (In fact, the only "attacking" was by the bill's supporters who demonized opponents as, ironically, "extremists.") It wasn't popular then and it's not now precisely because people have done what you apparently did not — they read it, they understand it and they know it's not good for them or the country. That's why it's not popular.
The only wait that has people antsy is the wait to repeal it. Only then, there will be true joy.