Everyone goes home.
But next week they will head home to answer to constituents who will be learning more and more of the details about the bill they supported — the jobs-killing mandates on businesses, higher taxes, burgeoning entitlement programs, government intrusion into personal medical decisions, higher health costs, and federal dictates about the kind of health insurance Americans must have to avoid federal penalties — for starters.
And members of Congress will have to explain the false promises that the president made to win passage of the bill. In his statement Saturday, Mr.Obama said: "The bill that the House has produced will provide stability and security for Americans who have insurance; quality, affordable options for those who don't; and lower costs for American families and American businesses." In fact, the bill the House passed Saturday night violates every one of those promises, as numerous independent studies have proven.
And members will have to explain to their constituents why they supported legislation that dramatically changes the relationship between the American people and their government — forcing them to relinquish freedom over health care decisions for themselves and their families to the political will of Washington.
$250,000 fines. Going to jail for 5 years for not buying insurance. Where in the Constitution? Where?