Susan Collins, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Rob Portman torpedoed health care reform. Rather than working constructively, this quartet told us what they objected to without telling us what they were for. Oh, they had a laundry list of demands. Yes, they threw around phrases like free market principles. Unfortunately, they didn’t put those principles into legislative language.

Of this quartet, only Sen. Lee has a bright future — as a Supreme Court justice. Sen. Paul is virtually worthless. Jonah Goldberg’s article highlights Sen. Paul’s duplicitousness. Recently, he told Chris Wallace why the Senate bill wasn’t good enough. Jonah explained it, saying “Every time healthcare proceedings move one step in Paul’s direction, he seems to move one step back. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas offered an amendment that would open up the market for more flexible and affordable plans, like Paul wants. No good, he told Fox’s Chris Wallace. Those plans are still in the ‘context’ of the Obamacare mandates. ‘My idea always was to replace it with freedom, legalize choice, legalize inexpensive insurance, allow people to join associations to buy their insurance.’ Sounds good. Except a provision for exempting associations from Obamacare mandates is already in the bill.”

Susan Collins and Shelly Moore-Capito aren’t helping, either:

GOP Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said Tuesday they will vote to block repeal without an adequate replacement. Opposition from one more Republican senator would be enough to sink the measure.

Sen. Collins hasn’t put forward a single substantive proposal yet. It’s time she stopped being an obstructionist. It’s time she started solving problem.

I don’t want Collins and Capito thrown out. I just want them to start being more solutions-oriented. Add Lisa Murkowski to that list, too. At this point, I consider Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Collins as representing the special interests rather than the people living in their states. If you don’t believe me, think of it this way. They announced that they’d vote against slowing down rising health insurance premiums if they didn’t get promised that Planned Parenthood got fully funded.

At some point, don’t Republicans have the right to insist that Republicans act like Republicans at least half the time? At this point, Collins and Murkowski aren’t meeting that minimal threshold. Reagan used to say that your 80% friend isn’t your 20% enemy. That’s right. Still, your 50% friend isn’t a reliable friend. They’re people I wouldn’t trust.

One Response to “Torpedoing health care reform”

  • Chad Q says:

    Not sure why the 3 women opposed a complete repeal of Obamacare with the 2 year window to get something else in place. Obamacare needs to be completely repealed, not just trimmed here and there and given a tuck to make it look likes something new. Getting government out of healthcare would be the best solution but we know there are 50%+ of the people that depend on government for their every need so that won’t ever happen.

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