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Our New Motto for Health Care Reform

Okay, so they compromised on health care reform to please the drug companies .

And the insurance companies.

And the Republicans (who will never vote for it, anyway).

And they paid off Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

And they put in restrictions on abortion coverage to please Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE).*

And they took out the public option to please Sen. Joe Lieberman (Lieberman-CT), replacing it with a Medicare buy-in, which Lieberman supported. Then they took out the Medicare buy-in, which Lieberman decided to oppose because it might actually pass. Still under discussion are Sen. Lieberman’s demands for a pony, to be Senator-for-life, to have his name inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance, and to be four inches taller.

Dr. Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, says that the health care reform bill in the Senate is so compromised that it’s no longer good enough. He suggests moving to “reconciliation,” which would allow the Senate to pass important reform measures with only 51 votes instead of 60 votes. That would take away the ability of Republicans and “moderate Democrats” to obstruct the process.

The Obama administration says that the bill isn’t perfect, but that it’s better than nothing.

The administration and the Democratic leadership just want to pass a bill, any bill, so that they can say they succeeded in passing health care reform.

Voltaire once said that “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” So our new motto for the endlessly-compromised health care reform bill is:

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the not-totally-worthless.”

*I support choice, but as a Catholic I see Sen. Nelson’s point that tax funding is a separate issue. That being said, he seems mainly interested in stopping reform. Now that reform includes restrictions on abortion coverage, he’s complaining about other things.

Copyright 2009 by Rinth de Shadley.

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