Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Health Care Legislation Update

Senator Ted Kennedy and his Senate HELP Committee passed it's version of health care reform legislation on a straight party line vote 13-10 reports AP. It is becoming increasingly clear that Democrats are wasting their time and effort trying to compromise with Repugnants who will not vote for increasing the size of health benefit programs which they see as a stop over on the road to a socialist state. They would rather continue the dysfunctional status quo than give 47 million fellow citizens the basic health coverage already enjoyed by Europeans and Asians. Americans would be best served by the majority party drafting the best legislation they can muster and using their parliamentary advantage to pass it. Repugnants will vote against it, and pay for their votes at the polls in 2010. On Tuesday House Democrats pledged to meet the President's request for legislation before the August break. The House passed legislation priced at $1.5 trillion yesterday that for the first time in the nation's history said health care is a right and responsibility for all Americans. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) standing in for his chairman, said "This time we've produced legislation that by and large the American people want." Amen, Senator Dodd.