I'm happy that we finally achieved major heath care reform that will benefit everyone, including the Republicans who vote against their own best interests. Here is what I'm not happy about:
1. We do not have single payer insurance that would have eliminated the health insurance companies and their 25% or more profit, which could have allowed us to fund more and better reforms. I'm disappointed that President Obama took this off the table from the start, and that he and the Democrats caved in and removed the public option.
2. Approximately 15% of the Democrats are really Republicans in sheep's clothing and voted against this. These traitors need to be replaced with real Democrats who care about the average person.
3. Another 10%-15% of the Democrats are also really Republicans. I agree with you as far as the bribes and arm twisting - I don't like it one bit. Unfortunately it was necessary in order to get these traitors to go along with this.
4. President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and House Speaker Pelosi did not understand that the Republicans are the enemy of the people, and that negotiating with this enemy was pointless and useless. The only thing the negotiations accomplished was to weaken the bill. All 178 Republicans in the House voted in lockstep with their leader Rush Limbaugh. Even I'm surprised that there is not one decent Republican who was willing to put people ahead of politics.
5. I'm disappointed that the Democrats in the Senate were too chicken to get rid of the filibuster, or to even threaten to get rid of it like the Republicans did when they were in charge. That would have enabled the Senate to pass a much better bill more in line with the original House bill. Even with the 60 votes, the Senate bill had to be watered down because it was held hostage by some Democrats (and Joe Lieberman) who are really Republicans.
Even with its flaws, this plan is a major improvement in line with other great programs passed by Democrats, like Social Security, Medicare, and civil rights. This is just a starting point. People like you think that this will mean that the Republicans will take over the House and Senate in 2010 and a Republican will be elected in 2012. I think you are wrong, because enough of the benefits of this bill will take effect and help people this year.