Let's be honest here: the main reason the Republicans don't want this bill passed is that they foresee two generations of democratic hegemony as the main (to them) effect of health care reform. They're afraid that health care reform will be the Twenty-First Century equivalent of Social Security, which kept the Democrats in power for most of the fifty years following passage. They fear that despite their threats, November might turn out to be a good month for Democrats, and that they'll have to shore up their right glanks against the Tea Party morons.
Speaking of which, here's something I saw today on the Rude Pundit's Facebook page regarding the teabaggers and their anger, that I'd like to repeat (also courtesy of Democratic Underground):
You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.
You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
You didn't get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.
You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
You didn't get mad when you saw the Abu Grahib photos.
You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.
You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
You didn't get mad when we let a major US city drown.
You didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.
You finally got mad when.. when... wait for it... when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all ok with you but helping other Americans... well f*ck that. That about right? You know it is.
Yeah, they know what's going on.
* Yes, I know John Mayer has turned out to be an asshole, but it's still a good line.