I was reading in The Hill recently that, the popular rumor around Capitol Hill, is that Dear Leader is planning on ramming his ObamaCare bill through the Senate with what is called “Reconciliation,” where you only need 51 votes to pass something rather than 60. If this sounds familiar, it’s what the New York Time and NBC News blasted Republicans for considering using it to appoint judges. Yet, they’ve been silent now that the Democrats are considering it. Go figure.
The hustle is that since the President offered the Republicans an “olive branch” in that hyper-partisan speech of his, if the R’s still vote against ObamaCare he can say that working with them is um-possible, and it was a last option. Apparently after months of working closely with Republicans in Congress…actually, he hasn’t spoken to any of them since April.
If he did, maybe Eric Cantor could tell him where the two parties might find some common ground…
First, the government must not assume decision-making authority over choices that are best left up to the patient and doctor. Choosing a type of care and treatment is an extremely personal affair, and limiting flexibility is unacceptable. Doctors and their patients should not be constrained by the decrees of any Washington commissions, boards, or officials purporting to know what’s best for all people.
Second, we need to ensure that there will be no forced government rationing and no one is discriminated against on any basis. In the U.K., for example, government guidelines in some cases use age in such a way that leads to individuals not receiving the care that they may require. Furthermore, Americans will not tolerate the long waits and reduced access to treatments that are a staple of government-run health-care systems in places like Great Britain and Canada.
And third, we must demonstrate that health-care reform will not break the bank. The administration claims its plan will cost $900 billion over ten years. But it’s far more likely that this figure will swell to well over $1 trillion. Such tremendous spending puts an enormous strain on a federal debt that is already spiraling dangerously out of control. It is nothing short of immoral for Congress and the administration to keep piling debt upon our children. The president has said that he will not support any health-reform bill that adds a dime to the deficit. If he is serious about that, then it is time to push the reset button since all the bills under consideration by the Democrat majorities in the House and Senate will add to the deficit.
There’s nothing crazy there, at least not that I can see. So I question now is, why is the Democrat Party being so um-possible to work with that they can’t be reasonable?