Despite ongoing economic blight and the failure to reduce record unemployment, health care reform remains the most contentious issue of Barack Obama’s presidency. The bill embodies everything conservatives despise about big government, and resulted in angry demands for repeal while drafts were still being committed to paper. Republicans promised that one of their first priorities, should they retake control of Congress, would be to wipe this hated piece of legislation off the books forever.
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Out-of-touch and unable to sell his agenda in the face of near-double-digit unemployment, President Obama is resorting to partisan attacks, rather than working with Republicans to help the American people, who are asking, ‘where are the jobs?’
John Boehner, July 24, 2010
Mr. Boehner’s remark could just as easily be turned around and applied to the GOP.
Politics is an unpredictable beast. One moment, Scott Brown’s election to the Senate looks like the death blow to health care reform. Now, scant weeks later, Brown has defected to support Harry Reid’s jobs bill instead of seizing the opportunity to chastise the majority leader for wasting our money while refusing to include extensions of unemployment and COBRA benefits in the legislation.
I turned off the coverage of the Massachusetts election long before Senator Coakley gave her concession speech. In a country that prides itself on its democratic process, one has to wonder whether we are resting on our laurels when we allow the outcome of a single Senate race to determine the course of our lives and the financial future of our country.
I was amused by Joe Wilson’s outburst during the president’s recent address on health care reform. The absurdity of one politician calling another a liar is, after all, rather comical. My amusement turned to irritation when I realized that once reform has been voted down, the only truth that will come out of the process is that the American people have been betrayed once again.