One of the news magazines had an article that purports to give us an insider's view on how the health care bill got passed. And a big part of it was Obama's determination to pass it because he wanted to prove that government could govern.
That's it? This was all a big exercise to "prove" that government activism works? This strikes me as very lame. The focus should've been on everything BUT testing government's mettle. It should've been about the American people.
Because the funny thing is, passing the bill doesn't begin to prove the government can govern. That's like the captain of the Exxon Valdez getting drunk so that he can try to prove he can skipper the rig competently while wasted. And while getting the bill passed is much harder than getting the captain drunk, it is also by far the easiest part of the whole process.
So the folks who brought us Medicare and all its attendant waste, fraud and abuse such that waste, fraud and abuse is to be this amazing font of found money, is getting another crack at it. It's almost as though Obama is trying to prove that the incompetence of government.