The health care debacle, obviously, is deeply, deeply disappointing. America is changed forever. The culture of dependence becomes more entrenched. The likelihood of rolling back these entitlements - or any entitlement - lessens. The one-time American culture of bumptiously independent, self-reliant individuals, if it wasn't dead already, is now in a coffin, nailed shut, six feet under.
It would be nice if we could just stop talking about it now, but we'll have to endure months of Republicans (rightly, but still exhaustingly) campaigning for its repeal, then Republicans winning big in November, then Republicans failing to repeal it, then Supreme Court challenges to certain measures, and on and on forever. Health care will now be part of every public debate. I should just include it as a permanent label on every blog post.