Tweet Health Care Reform Put Off Until After Summer Vacation
This health care debate over a bill to cover the uninsured and to make health care available to all Americans is, according to the President and the Democrats in the House and Senate, a pressing matter. It is imperative to make health care affordable to all and to get the Federal Government involved in the process, due to the fact that the Federal Government is expert in running businesses. That of course is tongue in cheek. The government is abysmal in these efforts.
In any event, as pressing as this matter is, the citizens who they would like to cover will just have to wait until the debate begins again sometime in September, because the summer vacation for these guys is just a little more important. Is it that, or is it the fact that the polling winds are beginning to shift, and they need to get home in order to find out just how important this legislation is to their constituents? Probably a little bit of both. If the polling data indicates a turn away from this type of legislation, you will be able to hear the political backpedaling from here.
Now that the politicians are getting out of the insulated world of the Beltway, when they return you can be fairly certain that the components of this bill will change. Obama had his chance, and the inmates are now escaping the asylum. In an explanation of the delay, Harry Reid, in a transparent statement attempting to be both bi-partisan and to lay the blame at the feet of the Republicans said:
“Working with Republicans, one of the things that they ask is for more time,” Reid said Thursday. “The decision was made to give them more time… I don’t think it’s unreasonable. This is a complex, difficult issue.” (The Hill)
Obviously, the Democrats do not need the additional time to wade through this complex issue, because as they have proven in the past they are more than willing to pursue legislation without reading it first.
Lastly, Harry Reid on his website said this:
“...But it appears some want to ignore the doctor’s orders. I wish I could say they do so only at their own peril. Yet if a handful of Senators stand in the way of the change we so desperately and urgently need, they will endanger all of us. They will endanger families of every background, businesses of every size, and our nation's collective future..." (Senator Harry Reid)
The arrogance of this statement, and the reason that he can go on his summer vacation, is apparent in the second sentence. He talks about how delay "...will endanger all of us...). It will not endanger him or any of his other Senate and House buddies. As written about before, he has his gold standard health insurance and will for the rest of his life. We don't.
Enjoy your summer vacation Senator Reid. Go home. Find out what direction is politically expedient and follow it. And throw another shrimp on the barbie.