And therein, I think, lies the real reason that Republicans have been fighting so hard. It is not that they think this legislation is the political kiss of death; it's that, in their hearts, they're terrified that it will be a rousing success.
Why Republicans Fear Obama's Healthcare Reform - John A. Farrell (usnews.com)
The health care reform law is an overdue and vital step in the construction of a social safety net, which began after the Great Depression and slowly moved forward — often in a bipartisan manner — until it was interrupted by the Republican Party’s radical antigovernment fervor in the late 20th century.
But during his first 20 months in the White House, Obama led the way to making several significant changes that help ordinary Americans and businesses, including:
| Extending unemployment insurance benefits to 96 weeks, helping millions of Americans without jobs to survive after their benefits ran out. The U.S. Senate passed this legislation, 60-40, on July 22, shortly after Carte Goodwin was sworn in to take the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd's seat. These short-term benefits help families keep their houses and cars, take care of their children and keep their bills paid until they are able to find new jobs.
| Signing eight different tax cuts for small businesses into law. A health-care tax credit, a tax credit for hiring unemployed workers and tax incentives to support new investments by small- business owners all help to reward the often-overlooked sector of the economy. If small businesses thrive and hire, everyone does better.
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