House and Senate Republicans for several weeks have quietly coordinated an intense, disciplined effort to defeat President Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation, timed to scare Democrats just as they prepare for a final vote.
Murderous GOP plots against Americans.
A deeply divided Republican party shows a unified front in Congress to block legislation that could save tens of thousands of lives a year. While corporate funded right wing extremists split the party membership with fiscal conservatives, quasi-libertarians, and other factions, the Republican leadership proves it can corral its legislators and herd them to say no, and to say no yet again.
Despite widespread public support for federal health care reform proposal fundamentals, the Republicans in the House and Senate have been able to speak with one voice, saying no repeatedly, in a pathetic struggle to plant their feet for upcoming political races. Despite clear indication that health care reform proposals will decrease deficits, Republicans continue to oppose this legislation, continuing to act as the deficit doves they have proved to be over the last thirty years. No debt is bad debt to them as long as it positively spins for short term Republican political victories.
40,000 Americans or-so die each year simply because they lack access to adequate medical care. Many of these people are stuck between access to our insurance-company/employer-based medical insurance system and access to public services. They don't go to the Emergency Room to treat high blood pressure or cancer. If their employer does provide insurance with impossible deductions and co-pays, these people forgo regular treatment.
In a universe where elected representatives actually had any fundamental knowledge of and sympathy with their constituents, a majority of Republicans would vote for health care reform as currently being worked on in Congress (and a minority of Democrats would vote against). Republicans could have a meaningful say on specifics of the legislation. Instead, both sides have isolated themselves from the mandate to fix our broken heath care system from the top, in favor or political expediency.
Shame on Republicans in Congress for their March Madness.
Some believe that this November will be a watershed election for Republicans, possibly retaking both houses of Congress. Such a belief system is obviously not based in reality. The reality is that a health care bill will signed by President Obama, soon. American voters love success, they love winners, and Obama's administration is actually winning.