Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Health Care Bill an Historic Low for Public Policy in US
The leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid is up against former president James Madison. The Founding Fathers purposely designed government to be responsive to the people (for the people, by the people and of the people). So when the liberal elite in Congress thought that had a mandate, and threw bipartisanship and GOP involvement out the window, they decided to go “all in with their leader” on health care legislation. Now the wheels are about to come off, as the unwieldy Senate bill is simply a lousy bill, which lacks public support and confidence.
Here is Rich Lowry’s take, from National Review Online:
Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review.
In a recent Detroit News Opinion piece http://detnews.com , Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell lays out the Democrat ‘cram it down the throats’ approach like this:
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is the U.S. Senate Republican leader.
So we hear that US Senator Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, is the 60th vote for a controversial health care bill, that Americans oppose 2 to 1 in recent polling. Why is there lack of support by the Amercian people? The legislative process was not open, despite Democrat promises to the contrary. The health care bill is simply too complex, too costly to taxpayers, too much like socialized medicine that the American people do not support.
Now the US Senate votes on health care legislation depend on whether the Democrats Senators show up, are able to vote (US Senator Byrd’s health issues may preclude him from voting) and if they’ll keep their individual deals with the Democrat Leader Reid (such as Nelson, and other wavering Senators). Meanwhile the Republicans are simple not supporting a bill the American people are opposed to by a 2 to 1 margin. A Christmas gift? No bill and a chance for the American people to get what they are wishing for: That is true health care that works, is affordable, is responsible and honors the doctor & patient relationship. And maybe even a bill that is truly bipartisan, rather that dictated by one party rule.
© 2009, Jasper Welch, Four Corners Media, www.jasperwelch.org