The Healthcare debate is over. The bill is passed. President Obama has signed it into law. But long lives the wait and see what happens.
If Democrats are right and this bill does not prove to be the monster of socialism that the Republicans decry it is, then there may be trouble in the days to come for those who opposed it.
Clearly there was a slighting of Republican input as the politics as usual tactics this time were used by Democrats. I say this time, because history shows, both sides have used the same legislative rule gimmicks to pass legislation. Just so happen that this may have been the political maneuvering of the century, since it involved one of the most significant pieces of legislation since the Civil Rights era. Then again, the GOP decided to shun partisanship in the beginning with a power play to break the President, which is always dangerous politics; especially if it backfires and voters see it as petty and too partisan.
But if it does have a negative impact, then it may spell doom for some within the Democratic Party as they face fierce opposition at the polls. Whether the Republican opposition is enough to unseat Democrats is something which is left to voters.
States also have geared up for an envisioned fight over state rights vs. federal rights, which may lead to an even fierce constitutional battle.
Regardless of what side you are on, there is one thing that is sure. There are 32,000 million people in American who need to be insured, and for them, this may be already seeing, rather than waiting to see. Coverage for them makes the difference between life and death, good or poor health. If the Healthcare Reform is a mistake, I am sure they would rather see Congress err on the side of passage, rather than nothing at all.
Also by incorporating the Student Loan piece within the bill, there are millions of college students who stand to benefit greatly as it relates to student loans. For them it means a better shot now at affording college.
Although it still is not clear what all is in the tea, so far the healthcare debate is kept hot on the burner by those who call this a government takeover, as they brew and continue sipping on their own brand of political tea.
As for the Republican Party, we may want to cool off a bit, choose to sip on a cup of coffee, and wait and see what happens before we fan a fire which may shift winds and turn in our paths.
To reach the NRAAC national chair:
[Dr. Jean Howard-Hill is the author of Black Eyes Shut, White Lips Sealed. She has serves as the national chair for the National Black Republican Women with her late husband, Attorney Bobby Lee Hill serving as the head of the Black Republican Men for Change from 1987 to his death in 1991. After his death up until 1993, she remained head of the organization, and in 1999 combined the two groups to form the National Republican African American Caucus.
She has taught full time and as an adjunct, American Government, State and Local Government, and International Politics and Culture of Nonwestern Countries at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and was voted 2006 Outstanding Professor of the year. Additionally, from 1976 to 1979, she designed and directed the "Democracy In Action" Program, which was a civics program taught in the local school systems. Howard-Hill also is a local political commentator and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law. She also is ordained clergy and heads The Healing Place Ministries International, overseeing 47 ministries throughout Africa.]
The National Republican African-American Caucus is an organization that is comprised of Spirit filled people of faith within the African American community, that works in conjunction with local, state and national party efforts to embrace, and offer African-American Republicans opportunities for inclusion and involvement in the Republican Party, and builds bridges between the African-American community and the Republican Party. In doing so, it seeks to carry out the philosophy and mission set before President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas to build a stronger and more inclusive Republican Party, where those guiding principles are more important than politics.
More information on the NRAAC can be found at:
http://www.nraacaucus.org; http://nraacaucus.ning.com [NRAAC] National Republican African American Caucus Social Issue Network (members only); http://nraac.blogspot.com [NRAAC Blog]; http://youthonthehorizons.blogspot.com [NRAAC Youth on the Horizons Blog]; http://the-twig.blogspot.com [NRAAC New Generation-New Direction Blog]; and
http://theblackolivebranch.blogspot.com [NRAAC National Chair's Blog]. Each State Caucus can be accessed by state. See related links at http://www.nraacaucus.org/index_files/Page816.htm. Also can be found on the RNC group page at http://our.gop.com/Groups/National_Republican_African-American_Caucus_NRAAC.