The Senate Minority Leader brings us one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard in the health care reform debate:
“If they were proud of this bill they wouldn’t be doing it this way. They wouldn’t be jamming it through in the middle of the night on the last weekend before Christmas.”
— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by CNN, on the health care reform bill.
Actually, Senator, Democrats have been trying to bring this bill to a vote since the summer–it’s because of the your party’s obstructionism and delay tactics that the health care reform process has taken this long.
Remember, the GOP pledged at the beginning to vote en masse against health care reform, and to this day not a single Republican in either the House or Senate has signed on to reform our broken health care system.
Because of that, the Democrats have had to bend over backwards to win over as much of their caucus as they can, including conservatives like Bart Stupak, Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson.
Had even a handful of Republicans worked in good faith, negotiated with the Democrats and put together a good, bipatisan health care reform bill, this all could have been over with months ago.
In fact, the Republicans are still delaying the process–they tried to force the Senate to read the entire 767-page Sanders amendment and succeeded in forcing the Senate to read the entire 383-page manager’s amendment.
Democrats are working hard to get health care reform through Congress as quickly as possible because our health care system is broken; because 45,000 Americans die each year because they lack access to adequate health care. And if it takes a round-the-clock schedule and voting on Christmas Eve to improve our health care system and overcome the GOP’s obstructionism, then so be it–the end result will be a bill that we can all be proud of.