Obama's Over-Sized Ego Temporarily Satisfied
Random, somewhat inter-connected thoughts on Obama's (apparent) success in getting the Senate health bill past the House:
Stupak and friends are being duped: The President has promised them more than he can deliver. Even if he issues an executive order (EO) saying that abortion funding will be kept to the Hyde Amendment limits, it won't stand against the legislation being currently passed. This, of course, assumes that he won't just undermine the deal and live up to his pro-abortion tendencies (this is the guy who voted against a deal to provide medical care to infants born alive during late term abortions).
Pro-Life and Democrat will not be credibly reassociated for a very long time, if ever.
I hope that (probable) Constitutional challenges gut the health bill severely, perhaps fatally.
Canadians (and probably other nationalities) will gradually see the services the US uniquely offers gradually diminish. Unfortunately, what we will interpret this as is that our own system is getting better. This is how Socialism typically works - it drags everyone down so that no one has to feel the 'class envy' that we seem to inordinately suffer from.
One big hopeful thought: no entitlement program like this has ever been repealed. However, no entitlement program like this has even passed in this manner before either. If those who oppose the plan can repeal it, there's no telling what other liberal/socialist programs can't be undone. On the other hand - if it can't be done with this one, I don't see how it can ever be done in the future, and the US will follow the gradual decline of most Western societies.