This afternoon, FNC Digital Editor Chris Stirewalt reported that some so-called moderate Senate Democrats are open to re-open discussions on O’Care. He said that there’s even been hints that they’re willing to discuss eliminating the individual mandate.

This evening, Rep. John Garamendi, (D-Calif.), said that “the bill was never a perfect bill” and that they always knew they’d have to “return to tweak it.”

It’s impossible to take Rep. Garamendi’s spin seriously since the Democrats, both in the House and Senate, caved when their votes were needed to ram the bill down the American people’s throats.

In the House, so-called right-to-life Democrats like Jim Oberstar and Bart Stupak dropped their opposition to the bill the minute Speaker Pelosi told them she needed their votes. There was a little haggling on Stupak’s part to save political face but the cave was obvious.

Rep. Garamendi’s statement rings especially hollow considering the fact that multiple bills were written and passed in the House and Senate. After the various bills passed, they were ‘condensed’ into a House version and a Senate version without any input from people like Paul Ryan, Dave Camp, Judd Gregg or Sen. Barrasso, not in committee rooms but in Sen. Reid’s and Speaker Pelosi’s offices far from the cameras.

Now they’re ‘accepting’ the thought that they’ll need to ‘tweak’ the bill a little bit. How accomodating of the D’s.

There’s just one flaw with that accomodation: most of the D’s bill either adds to the deficit, doesn’t lower health care or health insurance premium costs, encourages overuse of health insurance coverages and doesn’t introduce cost-changing competition to the equation.

That’s before talking about the unconstitutional individual and employer mandates, the $670,000,000,000 worth of job-killing tax increases or the federal government’s takeover of the student loan industry.

Other than those things, the GOP’s and the Democrats’ plans are practically identical.

That’s what happens when two groups of tyrants get together behind closed doors, forbids input from the opposing political party, especially since the GOP’s ideas were infinitely more popular and made more sense. Reid and Pelosi certainly couldn’t entertain the GOP’s input in that setting.

Now that serious jurists have ruled or hinted that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and with the Supreme Court split with 4 progressive and 4 conservative jurists with center-right justice Anthony Kennedy likely to cast the deciding vote, the Obama administration suddenly is in a mood to negotiate.

This isn’t likely to be a good faith negotiation. It’s more likely to be a face-saving negotiation intended to only go as far as necessary. It won’t have anything to do with doing what’s right for the people.

Last week, President Obama called for Americans to use words that heal, not wound. Implicit in that sentence was a call for bipartisanship. With all due respect, bipartisanship isn’t what’s needed because bipartisanship might only mean that opposite sides of a debate agree to scratch each others’ backs.

What’s needed is old-fashioned statesmanship, where men of gravitas whose word meant something, set aside party considerations to do what’s right for the nation.

What Republican in their right mind would trust Pelosi, Reid, Schumer or Durbin?

Rather than negotiating a deal where each side says ‘I’ll give you this if you give me that’, what we need is a negotiation where genuine heavyweights figure out what’s best for the country, then persuade enough people from both sides to do what’s right.

Rep. Garamendi said that repealing O’Care would lead to people needlessly dying. That isn’t statesmanship. That’s hyperbole and it should be instantly rejected. That won’t happen with Rep. Pelosi leading the House Democrats.

The next 2-3 election cycles will clean out alot of the Democrats who can’t be trusted. Politicians like Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Nancy Pelosi won’t be defeated. Their numbers will shrink and they’ll become more irrelevant with each passing electoral cycle.

By then, hopefully, Republicans and SCOTUS will have cleaned up the policy and constitutional mess Obama, Reid and Pelosi created.

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One Response to “Venting Over O’Care”

  • J. Ewing says:

    Perhaps Senate Democrats need to realize that the longer O’care is exposed to public debate, the worse things will look for them, and that in the end it will all be pointless because the GOP House will defund the monstrosity anyway. The public will see none of the “benefits” and all of the downsides. Even Democrats (except for Franken) are smart enough to do political calculus if nothing else.

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