November 22, 2009

One step further on

The Senate agreed to debate the health care reform bill, 60-39. 58 Democrats and two Independents voted "Aye." 39 Republicans voted "No" (Voinovich was in Cleveland for some kind of anniversary party and was a sure "No" vote).

That's one step closer to real health care reform for 300 million Americans, especially the 50 million who have no insurance at all.

I think we should take Senator Kyl at his word when he said on Fox News last Friday " 'every single Republican will oppose' even debating health care reform." If that's the case, just shut the Republicans out of the debate altogether. Allow no Republican amendments. Restrict their speaking time. Above all, do not imagine that by allowing a Republican amendment to get into the bill you will gain his or her vote. They're on record saying they won't vote for it in the end.

If there's no chance of peeling off any Republican votes to help Americans, then why should they get a voice in what the legislation says?

Posted by Linkmeister at November 22, 2009 12:01 AM | TrackBack

I agree with you. I don't know what's wrong with Harry Reid, that he's even talking to those people. They are NOT negotiating in good faith.

(PS - I'm posting from home!!!)

Posted by: Juli Thompson at November 22, 2009 05:58 PM

Hey, that's wonderful. Do you know why it started to work?

Posted by: Linkmeister at November 22, 2009 09:28 PM

Actually, it all failed, catastrophically. (I get internet, cable and phone as a bundle, so I was irritated.) They finally sent a guy out to the house. He kept tramping around, expressing amazement at the "solutions" previous techs had come up with. He stripped everything additional out, fixed something involving the wiring box, and voila, I could get here! I told him it was like a miracle (there were other sites, as well, not just you). I got the feeling he didn't want to bad mouth his colleagues, but the fixes had made things worse until it all collapsed.

Anyway, yeah, Senate Democrats are not doing their job!

Posted by: Juli Thompson at November 23, 2009 10:49 AM

Heh. I remember an electrician coming out to the house once to fix something; he started looking at some of the wiring and said to my mother: "Lady, whoever wired this place was drunk."

The house was one of the models for the subdivision.

Posted by: Linkmeister at November 23, 2009 02:47 PM