Thursday, June 28, 2012

NEWS BLOG: Democrats need to stand up – proudly – for health-care bill

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

There'll be a lot learned over the next few days, and a lot written, about this morning's Supreme Court ruling, but one thing's clear: Republicans want to make this a key issue in the presidential and Congressional campaigns

Conservative groups are furious. ("The US Constitution died today," says a press release from Americans for Limited Government.) And House Republicans say they'll hold a vote - on July 11 - to repeal the law.

That vote won't threaten the law, since there's no chance that the Democrats who control the Senate will go along. But it will get a lot of publicity and ramp up the Republicans' campaigns.

Now it's time for Democrats to stand up for the bill they approved. They've been far too quiet as Republicans have ridiculed the law and distorted its provisions. Silence and cowardice won't win them votes. And it certainly won't benefit the public.

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