One Republican senator isn’t backing down from criticizing an information gathering action by The White House. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) has even come up with his own “fishy” list in response to The White House blog call for emails if someone spots or hears something “fishy” about President Barack Obama and the Democrats’ health plans. I can’t really say legislation, because none of us have an idea what will be in the final bill.
This Congress has addressed healthcare reform with unsurpassed ineptitude in crafting the legislation. I’ve even wondered exactly who came up with the policy and procedure; it reads like a demand for union benefits in my opinion [freely expressed under rights protected by The US Constitution.] Open Congress has easy-to-access information and comments on HR 3200. For the US government document info, check out Thomas--you have to input the bill number there.
The abysmal failure with healthcare reform is a refusal by administrations past and present, regardless of Party, to act on real reform. Instead, the approach appears to involve expanding the welfare base for a group of uninsured which, if truth is told, is far smaller if you simply assess American citizens.
Groups like the ACLU and bluechip media have been remarkably passive about what many perceive as a serious infraction of civil rights. Had a conservative administration posted such a notice, liberal activists would have taken to the streets as they often did during the administration of President George W. Bush.
Cornyn has a little fun with the Obama administration, listing a series of promises such as the president’s assurance that if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. Even the Associated Press, a wire service I normally perceive as very Democrat-friendly like other blue chippers, shot that promise down.
Here’s the problem. No one knows what will be in this final plan and Democrats have attempted to sell their ideas based on political rhetoric rather than actual facts. This has directly caused very heated exchanges at town hall gatherings and led to hysteria by liberals who surmise activist groups are manipulating their own constituents to attend and complain. Of course this is typical politics and will do nothing to advance real healthcare reform. Media are more preoccupied with the protesters than with the ambiguous content of HR 3200 and other proposals.
I have complaints about my own family’s health insurance options, but nothing I have seen so far would address them. And it is basic common sense that the government, if it continues to remove people from the private sector and push them into government coverage, will ultimately produce inferior healthcare and create even larger deficits, because that has been the experience with everything from Medicare and Medicaid to the post office.
Cornyn has been a vocal critic of The White House Blog post. Liberals regularly attacked Bush over what they perceived as intrusions on individual rights as Bush began to deal with the aftermath of 9/11. Yet few have complained about a missive that sounds to me like an incredibly un-American tactic. Cornyn at the moment is doing more for Floridians and those in other states than our elected representatives in calling attention to this issue.
The White House may one day regret stepping into a quagmire by reminding us 'Facts are stubborn things.'