Why Republicans Don't Want Health Care Reform
Republicans Don't Want Health Reform
I have been looking at the debates on health care reform since back when President Clinton tried to pass health care reform. Back then the republicans had an issue with costs and said that it was too expensive. They complained that the negotiations were taking place behind closed doors. Basically the Republicans indicated they were not involved in the process enough. What was accomplished, nothing.
We are now in 2010 and still the Republicans are using the same reasons. This time more than ever the Republicans have been involved in the process. But it has been like the old adage you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. In other words the Republicans complain about not being involved and then turn right around and say they did not have time to read the proposed bill because it was too large. They were forced to look at health care reform but refused to really cooperate to get a bill passed. I was sort of agreeing with them when they stated this when the bill first came up for vote. Since that time they have not only had time to read the bill, but have had time to give some input on the bill. The are still saying that the bill is too big. This make no since because it is their job to read bills whether they are 1200 pages or 12,000 pages.
Where Were the Republicans Before President Obama
The most annoying thing about the Republicans argument is that if they really wanted any kind of health care reform it should have happened already. Until President Obama was elected the Republicans had one period of time where they controlled both the Senate and the Presidency there was no real mention of health care reform. The could have at least passed the provision to keep our children on our health insurance until their 26th birthday. The Republicans did not even bring the issue up. Now they want us to believe that they want health care reform but only in small steps. By now if the Republicans had taken these "small steps" while the Republican President was in office the entire health care system would have been overhauled way before President Obama was elected. Since this did not happen it is kind of ridiculous for their argument against health care is that it is too much too soon.
Where have the Republicans been in the past on this issue? I think they have been on the side of the big insurance industry rather than middle America.