In his weekly address, President Obama highlighted healthcare and college-loan legislation. But the new laws' partisan push by Democrats could come at a political price, the GOP hopes.
Other large social programs like Medicare and Social Security passed with strong bipartisan majorities, but healthcare reform and its package of 'fixes' lacked a single Republican vote. Republican leaders call the process used to pass healthcare reform a 'game-changer.'
Senate Democrats prevail, so far, in keeping the package of healthcare 'fixes' intact. But the House will need to vote on it again to address small adjustments in the part dealing with student loans.
Among the new health care bill facts: The legislation will bring tax hikes, mainly on the highest-income Americans.
Republicans aim to raise amendments and procedural motions, followed by votes that could go on for days during reconciliation. Democrats vow to pass the healthcare fixes unchanged.
For new health care reform bill to work, government has to ration care. But will politicians (and special interests) do better than insurance firms (and greed)?
The summary of the tax impact of the health care reform bill is that many of the big taxes to fund the legislation kick in later. Will they ever be paid?