A post by Pat
Inevitably, Sen. Nelson would go along. Nelson, as Sen. Burr (R-NC) noted, played “The Price is Right”. The details hardly matter. Same old, same old.
Reid, Dodd, Harkin and Baucus ran to the podium to congratulate themselves on their marvelous creation that will save money, improve health and reduce the deficit. Chris Dodd took note that this is a long sought dream of Progressives since the time of FDR. Dodd actually declared that health care is now a right. He spoke about this health care bill as delivering on FDR’s vision of Freedom of Fear. In case with all the Senatorial bragging Americans got the wrong idea about what the mighty have delivered, Dodd clarified that Americans would still get sick and die. Thanks to the stalwart Democrats of Congress, it won’t be because of the evil insurance companies.
Obviously we have work to be achieved, but this is a major hurdle that we will overcome in the coming days when this product moves from the Senate to the conference with our colleagues in the House of Representatives. So today we stand ready to pass a bill into law that finally makes access to quality health care a right for every American, not a privilege for a fortunate few in our country.
This month 69 years ago Franklin Delano Roosevelt outlined Four Freedoms. The Freedom of Religion, the Freedom of Speech, the Freedom from Want, and the Freedom from Fear. One of the great fears that Americans have lived with for generations is the fear that their child, their spouse, a loved one, they themselves will be hit with an illness for which they cannot receive treatment because they can’t afford it, they can’t see a doctor because they can’t afford it. This bill does not guarantee you’ll never get sick. It doesn’t guarantee you’re not going to die. All we’re trying to do is to guarantee that if you are a fellow citizen of ours and you are struck with illness or a loved one is, that you’ll never again have that fear that you’ll end up losing your home, your job, your retirement, your life savings because you’ve been afflicted by an illness through no fault of your own.
Our path then illuminated by a torch lit a long time ago and sustained for decades by good men and women who believed in F.D.R.’s vision of a nation free of fear.
Right after Dodd spoke about Freedom of Fear, Tom Harkin said something to scare the hell out of us and that’s all we need to know about what’s afoot. All the deals, all the promises and compromises are for one purpose: to move forward toward the Progressive goal of government run health care. This is only the beginning.
I know a lot of my progressive friends have been upset that certain things weren’t in it. I put it this way, what we’re building here is not a mansion, it’s a starter home. It’s a starter home, but it’s got a great foundation for expanding health care coverage to 31 million Americans. It’s got a great roof, protective roof, in protecting people from abuses by insurance companies, and it has room for expansion and additions in the future. If we don’t start the starter home, we’ll never get there. So this is not the end of health care reform, this is the beginning of health care reform.
They are building a house of horrors.
A note from Tammy:
This atrocious event, as Pat notes, was I suppose inevitable. Nelson is a Democrat for a reason. Both Nelson and Lieberman used the situation to squeeze out a little meaningless something while then eventually going along. Nelson secured favors for his home state (scum) and perhaps threats from the Obama gang made an impact, I don’t know but here’s what I do know: a conservative victory in 2010 is now imperative. No major social legislation like this has survived without bipartisan support. This DeathCare monster does not, nor does it deserve to survive. I realize it will be complicated but this sort of crap can, and will be, reversed. The job of a congress held by conservatives will be to make the Obama administration an ineffective, irrelevant cardboard cutout, they will hold down the fort until we can say the words “President Palin.” In the meantime, with Urkel stopped, Americans will once again open their wallets and spend, keeping the economy at least on solid footing.
The only way to keep Obama, his thugs and various gestapos from finishing off this nation is to deliver a conservative victory in 2010–and that means Republicans are going to have to understand we mean them too–none of this RINO garbage, that Big Government Conservative crap is as dead as the “What Up!” blog.
UPDATE: In the meantime, Politico is now reporting this: Stupak aims to sink ‘unacceptable’ abortion compromise