I wrote an editorial several days ago commenting on President Obama’s recent address on health
care in Strongville, Ohio. The President emphasized that the American people are entitled to and up or
down vote on the current proposed bill. In my previous article, I pointed out that the reason a vote has
not been taken is the fact that House Speaker Pelosi has not yet mustered enough votes to the pass
Bret Baier from Fox News interviewed the President this week; Baier asked the President flat out if he
still thought the American people were entitled to an up down vote. The President side stepped the
question and tried to shift the focus on how important it is for the legislation to pass. Obama went on in
a round about way to explain that the Slaughter Rule would in essence be the same as a roll call vote of
More important than the health care bill is the credibility of our elected officials. For several weeks
Obama has been on the stump touting that the American people deserve an up down vote. Is the public
only entitled to that up down vote if the President has enough Congress members lined up in his favor?
In the Strongville speech the President also talked about courage. Well, one form of courage is to stand
by your words; are the American people entitled to an up or down vote only at the convenience of the
Then there is the courage of the Democratic members of Congress who don’t want to go on record
because they are worried about reelection. Perhaps it is time to put the interests of the Country first
instead of the November elections. The Founding Fathers were not worried about being elected when
they signed the Declaration of Independence; they were wanted for treason until General Washington
secured a victory at Yorktown in 1781. The US Military Service Men and Women who are currently
fighting two wars have much more at risk than losing an election; they put their lives on the line every
The Democratic leadership of Obama, Pelosi and Reid are pushing this as an excellent piece of
legislation; every American will have health care, costs will be reduced and the deficit substantially
lowered. Traditionally, members of Congress would line up to get their name on a bill of that stature.
The Republicans are no bargain either; they have done nothing to bring health care reform to the
American people. Rather than work with the President they would prefer to do everything they can to
embarrass him. Obama hosted the “Bipartisan Meeting on Health Care Reform” on February 25, 2010;
the Congressional leadership from both parties attended. I again watched the video posted on the
White House website: for the most part it is political positioning and lacks substance.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander makes the opening statements for the Republicans; the crux of
his argument is to start over because they are attempting to do too much to fast. Senator Lamar does
point out that the Senate bill is some 2700 staggering pages long. I think Democratic Senate Majority
Leader Reid made an excellent point in his remarks when he noted there was no Republican proposal
for health care.
I support health care reform; I believe every American should have excellent health care. I also support
many of the ideas put forth by the President and the Senate. I do not support the Senate Bill as it
The bill lacks credibility. It is filled with back room deals, examples being Nebraska, Louisiana, and
parts of Florida. Although this is being presented as a significant piece of legislation the Democrats as of
yet can’t secure enough votes in the House. The Slaughter Rule should not be used on a bill of this
magnitude. The President is not sure where he stands on an up down vote. There is no bipartisian
support at all. Who really understands what is hidden in a 2700 page document?
The American people deserve health care reform; they also deserve courage and credibility in
Washington. Both have urgency and both should be addressed quickly.