Politics as Usual

Does anyone else see a problem with this quote from today’s Washington Post?

Democratic leaders scrambled Sunday to pull together enough support in the House for a make-or-break decision on health-care reform later this week, expressing optimism that a package will soon be signed into law by President Obama despite a lack of firm votes for passage.

The rosy predictions of success, combined with the difficult realities of mustering votes, underscore the gamble that the White House and congressional Democrats are poised to make in an attempt to push Obama’s health-care plans across the finish line. The urgency of the effort illustrates growing agreement among Democratic leaders that passing the legislation is key to limiting damage to the party during this year’s perilous midterm elections.

But House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) pledged to do “everything we can to make it difficult for them, if not impossible, to pass the bill.” He also joined other Republicans Sunday in warning that Democrats would pay for the legislation by losing even more seats than expected in November.

It would appear to me that suddenly it has become a great deal less about health care and a lot more about who’s going to have the majority after the mid-term elections. There seems now to be sort of a “damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead” mentality at play and is that really the way we want to create universal health care in America?

I’m all for fixing our broken health care system and I realize it’s probably going to take some sacrifices on everyone, including me. But in the middle of wondering how it might or might not affect my health insurance rates, and thinking how in the world our Michigan public health system is going to cope with the new changes, I don’t want part of the discussion to be who’s losing what seat because of their vote.

I know it’s just politics as usual but I wish, for once, it wasn’t playing a part in such an important decision.


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