The Health Care Summit appeared to be a desperate effort of President Obama to salvage a promise made to the country a little over a year ago. I am a Virginia resident and Eric Cantor (R-VA), the Republican Whip, has been an opponent of the past and present Democratic healthcare proposals. It has been a while since I have listened to Cantor’s opinions on the most important issues concerning our lives. Why?
Since our new President’s inception, the Republican Party has developed an unattractive habit of saying “no” to every Democratic proposal. Prior to this recession, I personally was not concerned with healthcare reform because I had healthcare through various professions. However, now that I am self-employed I am concerned with healthcare costs and benefits over the years to come.
Eric Cantor ‘s presentation during the summit was pretty much the same old song. The point we all need to realize as a governed people is that this issue of healthcare continues to boil down to capitalistic selfishness in our country. It is about protecting the insurance companies and the relative rights they have been given to over charge us for even routine services.
The lack of a public option ran by the government is a message to all of us that insurance companies lack faith in the services they provide to their customers. It is also for us to keep in perspective that doctors deal with patients and clients and healthcare insurance provider’s deal with customers. The current revamped proposal being discussed just provides families that are not poor or rich with insurance options offering minimal service levels.
Eric Cantor continues to skate around the fact that the Republican Party is out of touch with what is going on with most Americans. Despite his pleas and recent comments promoting Republican concern for those who are underinsured or are living without any coverage at all, it still appears the Republican party is still more concerned with politics as opposed to what is good for the American public.
According to various posts on Politifi, many Virginians were embarrassed by Eric Cantor’s overall speech and presentation concerning the Republican platform on healthcare. Was it supposed to impress the public that Mr. Cantor can carry a two thousand-page document around? The truth is that if the Republican Party was more willing to negotiate and compromise the document might not needed to be as lengthy.
This summit was not supposed to come off as a middle school debate competition. We have elected all of the persons who are making this decision on our behalf. The party does not matter. The outcome is what matters most to the American public. Cantor and his Democratic counterparts have a duty to the American public and that duty is to protect us from being taken advantage of by both public and private sector and mostly to protect us from being mistreated by our government.
“The Missing Voices At the Healthcare Summit,” John Nichols, The Nation
“Cantor Recaps Healthcare Summit and Reconciliation On Greta,” The Office of the Republican Whip