Assigned Reading: The ‘Nuclear Option’?
After flipping, then flopping, then flipping again with regard to the public option, it’s apparent that the White House is worried about the Democratic Party leadership’s ability to garner votes for health care reform as they want it. So, they will likely move to pass the bill in reconciliation with a simple, 51-vote majority — and blame the Republicans for having to do so.
I don’t think it’s going to fly with the American people. The legislative process should be about compromise to get things done, as it’s ridiculous to think that either party knows what’s best for the American people, or has their fingers on the pulse of the populace.
For example, I DO think that we need to address shortcomings in our health care system. I’d like to see a standard emerge for record-keeping and for billing, the two run hand-in-hand and the latter especially would make things easier for the American people. With regard to the 15 million or so American citizens truly uninsured, the only way to provide quality coverage is through the free market, through the emergence of a catch-all, major-medical-only coverage option.
Listen, I’m not an expert on health care. I have doctors here for that. But I am an American, and I would appreciate it if my elected officials did not disregard the opinion of my countrymen and force through legislation for their own political gain.
I just heard White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs say that the president is still looking for a bipartisan approach, and that the news reports otherwise should be largely ignored. Interesting. It seems as though this administration is floating trial balloon after trial balloon and backtracking in the face of opposition.
First, remember, on Sunday it was the expendable nature of the public option. The White House, through Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, clearly stated that it was prepared to abandon the cornerstone of the Democrats’ health care reform, but when the outcry from the left became deafening, they backtracked. Now, the White House clearly has stated that it’s willing to go it alone with only Democrats, and has once again backtracked in the face of opposition — this time from the right.