Friday, January 22, 2010
Healthcare Reform Still Possible
I have been watching, with some amusement, the media meltdown over the special election in Massachusetts. For pity's sake, people, calm down! That guy is a nut! By the next election, he'll be gone with the wind. Of course, it'll take six years, but.........
(CORRECTION: Jay reminded me that he will only serve a two year term. Anyway, that's still two years too many.)
Nevertheless, the people of Massachusetts ought to be ashamed of themselves. The pundits have a thousand reasons why the Democrats didn't hold onto that Senate seat. Some say it was because "the American people don't want healthcare reform!" to "Coakley was a piss-poor candidate" ( this is one I agree with). But, I think the main reason is that they already have a good healthcare plan and who cares about anyone else in the country.
People sure are pounding on President Obama because he isn't Superman and didn't turn everything around and cure all the ills of the country in the space of one year. There are two things to take into consideration here. 1. As we get closer and closer to the interim election, voters always, always try to turn the "in" party "out". They are always mad because the current President hasn't done enough, in their view. 2. And more importantly, President Obama never dreamed he would be betrayed by his own party.
The reason things get so messy during a Democratic administration is that, unlike the Republicans, the Democrats will not march in lock-step. They tend to think for themselves. It is like herding cats to get them together on any subject.
Not that anybody ever listens to me, but I still think healthcare reform is possible. It just needs to be done the way Teddy Kennedy always said to do it - get something passed, then make changes as needed, to get the bill you really wanted in the first place.
And, speaking of Teddy, the voters in Massachusetts letting his seat go to a Republican just at the moment when his lifelong dream is about to be realized just seems wrong. Very wrong.