THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

March 22, 2010

Health Care Bipartisanship

Filed under: Health Care,politics — danielhite @ 10:58 pm
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219 yeas (all Democrats) and 212 nays (every Republican + 34 Democrats)- so where was the bipartisanship? It was all on the nay side.  The only bipartisan agreement on this flawed bill was on the negative side–diametric partisan opposition except in the negative camp.  Does that not speak to us as Americans supposedly represented by these 431 votes? Democrats AND Republicans agreed that this was the wrong bill to solve the health care problem.  Only the remaining Democrats, even though the majority, forced their will, never read the bill, and jammed it down the throats of the American people with a mere 48-hour notice to absorb 2700 pages without specific discussion.  And all this on one of the most comprehensive, life-changing and far-reaching pieces of legislation to have crossed the desks of Congress in decades.  Shame on the House majority and shame on the voters who put them there.  Bipartisanship should be all about the exchange of ideas and points of view to find the balance and best for their American constituency.  Such a rush to decision has become the hallmark of this administration and its Congressional majority.  This is not wisdom at work, this is ideology and pragmatism at its worst.  With this as the apparent modus operandi for the Obama administration, it certainly cannot be trusted.  Americans beware.



  1. Health care is wrong because? What is wrong with being able to go to the doctor? Trying to achieve bipartisanship doesn’t make anything right. If bipartisanship was required to end slavery, who was in the wrong?

    Comment by beardsandbellies — March 22, 2010 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

    • There is nothing wrong with health care except that this discussion venue and “remedy” is totally misplaced. Constitutionally, Congress should be in the protection of rights business, not the provision of services business. I am totally in favor of insurance reform and when the private sector fails to regulate itself and hurts people, it is entirely appropriate for some governmental jurisdiction to intervene…although I do not think that is in the purview of federal government. Regarding bipartisanship, the whole legislative process is utterly skewed by special interests. The point is that this bill is totally partisan. Differing points of view should be welcomed when the debate is fair, open, and allowed to run its course….but not jammed down the throats of the current minority without a chance to even read it much less debate it. And one other thing: creating crisis is immoral and should be illegal and impeachment worthy whether it originates in congressional halls or the oval office.

      Comment by danielhite — March 23, 2010 @ 6:10 am | Reply

  2. FRI, 3-26-2010
    Dear Mr. Hite:
    Along with those insights that you shared …

    “Government is to protect,
    that is correct.
    When it ‘tries’ to provide,
    that’s when we slide …

    We appreciate the courage to write “right” …
    Thank you.
    Yours truly,
    C. Williams and Family

    Comment by The Williams Family — March 26, 2010 @ 8:50 am | Reply

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