Well, OK … so the House passed their version of health car reform. Barely. Now we have to see what, if anything, the Senate will do.
Clearly, the Republican strategy is to stall and delay, trying to push it all off until next year when, they hope, they will pick up some additional seats in the off-year elections. And all of this could be made possible by the contemptible little weasel, Joe Lieberman, who has said he will side with the Republicans to prevent the forcing of a vote on the issue this year.
I did note that AARP has endorsed the House version of the bill. That’s nice. But what AARP really needs to do is confront every member of the House and Senate with a simple ultimatum: if they vote against health care reform, AARP will actively campaign for their opponent in their next election. That is the only way to get their attention.
Incidentally, have you noticed that so many of the protesters ranting about socialism in these Tea Party rallies against health care reform are obviously senior citizens, most of whom are on Medicare or get their health care through the Veterans Administration? Wouldn’t you love to take them aside and ask how they rationalize that?