Posts Tagged ‘healthcare’

7th December
2009
written by Sean Noble

Politicians cross the line of civil debate on a pretty regular basis – so I usually ignore it as typical. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) goes completely over the top in what would be shouted down as outrageous had a Republican uttered the words.

Equating Republican attempts to slow the process down on healthcare reform to those who didn’t want to abolish slavery is completely and utterly out of line. Every descendent of slavery is owed an apology from Mr. Reid.

22nd November
2009
written by Sean Noble

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) cobbled together a tenuous 60-vote block of all Democrats to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed with his healthcare bill late Saturday evening. While he tried to appear triumphant with this accomplishment, it was a short victory lap as many Democrat Senators immediately began to enumerate the various concerns they have with the bill and making it clear that their vote to end debate is very much up in the air.

Patrick O’Connor with Politico is one of the most conscientious reporters on the Hill and his report (along with Carrie Budoff Brown) on the challenges that remain for Reid is one of the best summaries out there.

The bottom line, as articulate by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is this, “the battle has just begun.”

And certainly it has. With Obama’s poll numbers under 50% and with support for government-run healthcare barely breaking 40%, this is far from over.

18th November
2009
written by Sean Noble

This gem could only come from Congress. Rep. Emanual Cleaver (D-MO) has introduced a resolution that will solve the world’s problems (and one that I have tried to implement in every office I have ever worked in, to no avail).

It’s a simple resolution, really. Stop your whining. Well, it’s Congress, so it is introduced in more flowery language:

From time to time, we all experience anxiety, frustration, stress, and regret. And often, we respond to these feelings with a criticism or a complaint. Regrettably, complaining keeps people stuck on current problems, inhibiting them from thinking constructively to find solutions. Research has also shown that complaining can be harmful to one’s emotional and physical health; relationships; and can limit professional career success.

Translation: don’t waste your time complaining about our healthcare bill, we’re going to pass it no matter what. Obama told us to.