Rep. Trent Franks (AZ) had this response to the passage of the Democrats' health care bill last night. Read an excerpt of his remarks:
Therefore, whatever ill comes from this bill, history should record that Democrats and Democrats alone chose the path of socialism over the highway of freedom. Let this and future generations hold them accountable.
My first reason for voting against this bill was the conviction in my heart that I was voting to protect my children, their contemporaries, and generations to come from being forced to live under the socialist ideal that would dim the light of freedom and suppress many of the hopes they might have otherwise had.
I also voted against this bill because it was my deepest conviction that its cost will grow to threaten the entire economy of the United States in the years to come. In every corner of the planet, in every corridor of history, socialized medicine has always cost more, not less. Every government health care program the United States has ever implemented has cost many times the amount that was first predicted.
I am fundamentally convinced that the costs of this bill will so overwhelmingly outpace present predictions that Congress will have no choice but to drastically alter its provisions in the future.