Thursday, September 17, 2009
Just a quickie drive-by thought. Max Baucus was supposed to emerge from his meeting-of-the-middle with the answer to the question, "Will Republicans and Democrats agree on a health care bill?" Well he did, but it wasn't the answer he was looking for.
All we've heard is how Republicans won't agree on anything with a public option because the gubment will kill old people and make babies go away. Baucus, the Senate's Don Quixote, grabbed a couple of his homies and three Republicans who made nice like they were going to reach across the aisle (and by reach across I mean shake the hands of Democrats who come all the way across the aisle to them) so long as the six of them came up with bipartisan legislation. Read my post below about HR 676 to see my thoughts on what a "compromise" for this bill should be.
At any rate, Baucus dropped his pants, bent over and took it hard from the GOP, neutering and essentially dismembering health care reform for them in a naive attempt to create something that would make Republicans happy (no public option and some shitty attempt at non-profits). So, after toiling for weeks over this, he produces his GOP placation bill and the GOP tells him to shove it up his ass. Bravo, Max, bravo.
I only hope this serves as a lesson to the majority party: the Republicans are liars and will not pass anything related to health care reform. Any words otherwise are just a ruse to make you waste more time trying to figure out where the football is so you can try to kick it, only for them to snatch it away at the last second again. Every day that goes by is a day closer to when the GOP hopes to take a few seats out of that Democratic majority and seal the deal on meaningful reform indefinitely. Get it through your thick skulls, Democrats. The only health care bill that will get passed that reforms anything will be done in spite of the GOP, not with them. Sphere: Related Content