Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Health care reform needs heroes

As promised, Sen. Harry Reid’s key policy and legislative staffers held a conference call this morning with some elderbloggers who are mighty interested in the Health Reform bill about to come up in the U.S. Senate.

Several thoughts:
  • We’re going to get a health bill. It will not be everything we want.
  • Public option is on life support.
  • Democrats still think it will be a bi-partisan bill.
I was impressed that the Majority Leader’s outreach extended to our gaggle of geezers. Each of us supports health care reform, so it was a little like choir practice.

And I wish I had better news.

While I remain a staunch supporter of President Obama, I fault him and his staff for not getting in front of the nasty politics all summer. Town hall spittle, loaded guns and tea-baggers beat a constant drum with few answers from the Democrats.

And we, the people, just don’t have enough juice to provide an antidote for the campaign money being spent by drug company and health insurance lobbyists.

The Democrats will lose seats in the mid-term elections. Freshmen from marginal districts, mostly. It’s part of the American election tradition. Nothing is going to change that. Now’s the time to demonstrate a little courage like your Democratic ancestors did when they passed Social Security. And Civil Rights. And Medicare.

Show some political backbone. Give us meaningful health care reform. Heroes welcome.


Ken Martin said...

Outstanding report, George, and much appreciated. Your coverage is succinct and to the point and, I fear, your predictions about mid-term elections seem all too apt to pan out.

Anonymous said...

The Dems can't get into the mainstream media.

Darlene said...

I just came over from Ronni's blog TGB and am so happy that other seniors are beating the drum for meaningful health care reform.

Thank you for your effort to enlighten your readers.

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