This, from willyloman is worth repeating:
Americans are NOT afraid of healthcare reform nor are they opposed to it. The current debate is no longer about whether we should have healthcare reform and universal healthcare. It is about whether a bill can be passed in the present political climate.
The Republicans held power for 8 years, during which time they bankrupted the economy by starting a war with ulterior motives, suspended many of our rights under the Constitution, moved the American political agenda far to the right, and created huge opportunities for wealth for their friends. They did this with a propaganda machine that Goebbels would have envied.
Now having lost power, they have launched a propaganda initiative, planned long ago, to cast doubt on the Democratic president's reforms - which had been vetted by the American people in the last election and endorsed by a significant margin of victory. Their vicious propaganda assault, aided by their previous purchase of their own media empire, is designed to derail healthcare for only one reason: Passage of a successful healthcare package would run President Obama's popularity up the chart and assure not only his reelection in 2012 but an unassailable majority in both houses of Congress post-2010.
That is something the Republicans cannot, will not, allow to happen if they can help it; and they are doing everything in their power to prevent it. Bottom line: This is all about power.
For example, I don't know of anyone who actually believes the 'death panel' scenario, even here at JWD. Yet, it is repeated and given weight, even though it is clearly a fabrication. This is not about healthcare - it is about power; a revolutionary power that does not recognize the legitimacy of the current administration. The implications for the future are staggering.
P.S. Coffee, hon, you're going to dislocate something if you don't stop trying to pat yourself on the back.