Calling Their Bluff On Health Care Reform

I just can’t get enough of this story.

This past weekend, in an attempt to derail health care reform, Republican Senators David Vitter (LA) and Tom Coburn (OK) introduced an amendment that would force all members of Congress to enroll in the public option.

As Coburn said at the time:

“It’s called leadership. If it’s good enough for everybody else, we ought to be leading by example.”

Obviously the GOP expected the Democrats to kill the amendment, thus allowing Republicans to portray Democrats as hypocrites for refusing to take part in the health care system they’re putting together on behalf of the American people.

Well, instead of voting down their amendment, Senate Democrats supported it–in fact, Senators Sherrod Brown (OH), Chris Dodd (CT), Barbara Mikulski (MD) and Al Franken (MN) actually signed on as co-sponsors.

Now the GOP is trying to extend their idiotic gamble by sponsoring another amendment that would force the President, his staff and his cabinet to also enroll in the public option.

Personally, I hope both amendments pass; I think such a large showing of faith in the public option would greatly help the cause of health care reform. What a great idea on the part of Sens. Vitter and Coburn.