Why is everyone in the majority so afraid of Joe Lieberman?

2009 December 17

by Roy W. Bakos

“This amendment starts from the premise that health care is a human right, and that every citizen, rich or poor, should have access to health care, just as every citizen has access to the fire department, the police, or public schools.”
-taken from Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vermont) “Single Payer” amendment to the Senate Health Care Bill

If the brain tumor that killed Ted Kennedy could have waited another year to do its dirty work, having Congress shepherd heath care reform may have worked…the “Lion” was owed so many bi-partisan favors from his votes over the last 40 years and he had so much political capital that Lieberman wouldn’t have dared to pull this shit if Teddy were there to bitch-slap him down.  Unfortunately for the President (and the American Public) Aslan has left the world and the POTUS and his team had no idea of how to do this thing without him.

The whole Health Care mess that we are seeing play out in the Senate right now could have been avoided if President Obama would have shown some leadership early on in the debate by actually introducing an “Obamacare” bill instead of entrusting the shills in the House and Senate to do this for him.  It is still not to late for the President to take hold of this bill and demand that something with a strong public option be passed in the Senate or in conference between the houses but I do not know if he has the will to do this.  Listening to the other side does not equal capitulating to their every whim. If the Republicans want to filibuster this thing, let them. In fact, make them do it over Christmas recess.  Make Joe Lieberman stand up on the last day of Hanukkah and filibuster.  Make Orrin Hatch read the night before Christmas over and over again from the Senate floor on December 24th.  Let’s have New Years Republican Rockin’ Eve live from the Senate where the entire Republican caucus can sing Auld Lang Syne until their throats collapse and a big light in the shape of a dollar sign could drop from the ceiling to countdown the seconds to 2010 .  They want to filibuster, make them do it and don’t let any of these assholes go home until a bill is passed. When the budget stalls and the government shuts down because nothing else can get discussed on the floor of the Senate, make sure your majority in the House passes resolution after resolution telling the American people that the minority is holding up all governmental business so insurance companies can make more money.  The President could use his “bully pulpit” to make the Republicans and blue dogs look even more ridiculous than Sarah Palin already does.

All this would take is for Obama to reach down and look at his balls and realize that he will be politically castrated if a real reform bill does not get passed.  This really is his Waterloo.  Show some leadership Mr. President.  Do what we elected you to do.  Give us some change we can believe in…or at least fight for it harder than you have been.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Jego permalink
    January 12, 2010

    Health Care is obviously not a human right, dummy.

    Let’s see. Thought experiment:

    1. Dude has a broken leg. A doctor is nearby. The doctor’s daughter is injured and the doctor treats her, then takes her for further care, ignoring dude. Are Dude’s rights violated?

    2. Dude has a broken leg. A doctor is nearby. Dude won’t talk. Doctor is ordered to amputate Dude’s leg or Doctor’s daughter will be similarly injured. Are Dude’s rights violated?

  2. Roy permalink
    January 19, 2010

    How about this…

    Dude gets taken to Doctor to have his broken leg taken care of (the dude’s broken leg that is).
    Doctor fixes the Dude’s broken leg.
    Dude goes home, gets well, goes back to work.
    Doctor is paid by the institution that he works for and is compensated quite well (like the Cleveland Clinic model, for example).
    Dude pays taxes. Taxes cover insurance. Insurance pays doctor. Everyone but the corporate whores that drive our current health care system is happy.

    Seems pretty simple to me.

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