Washington (CNN) -- The Senate has passed an $871 billion health care reform bill.
Senators voted 60-39 shortly after 7 a.m. to pass the bill, the centerpiece of President Obama's domestic agenda. Every member of the Democratic caucus backed the measure; every Republican opposed it.
The bill now moves to a conference committee to reconcile differences with the version passed by the House of Representatives.
The Senate health care bill cleared a third and final procedural hurdle Wednesday as Democrats successfully limited remaining debate time on the $871 billion measure.
Yeah, because we wouldn't want to actually discuss the largest expansion of government power since the 1960s "War" on Poverty (how's that working out again?). I mean, heaven forfend we sit down and read the bill and discuss its merits - or lack thereof. Even the bullet points reveal a litany of shiny happy unicorn thoughts - "subsidize insurance for a family of four making up to roughly $88,000 annually, or 400 percent of the federal poverty level." - yet nowhere in the article is a link to the actual bill.
I'll reiterate: This will be the federal version of the Big Dig. It will cost at least ten times what they're projecting; it will be implemented using the highest amount of graft, nepotism, and incompetence possible; and in the end it won't do a damned thing to actually reform health care - but will expand the government's intrusive role in our lives quite a bit. Just stop for a second and think about how many areas of our lives the government can try to control under the guise of improving our health.
And good luck sleeping tonight.
That is all.