House takes correct action on health care; Senate should follow
So you are a lawmaker and you go home for the summer recess and at your town halls you are hit by the concerns of the majority of your constituents afraid of what the new health care law is going to do to their premiums.
The businesses in your district are telling you what the law will mean to them layoffs, switching workers to part-time to get around coverage, increasing premiums for the workers who remain.
You read the polls that say Americans are against the implementation of this law by anywhere from 55 to 65 percent, depending on which poll you read.
Now what do you do when you go back to Washington?
The Republican-controlled House decided last week to listen to the majority of Americans and voted to wipe out the health care law by cutting off spending for it under terms of the new federal budget while also taking action not to shut down the government.
We are glad to see that those who did this saw a physician to improve their spines over the summer.
The Senate probably won’t follow suit, because it is ruled by a leader, Harry Reid, who has distinguished himself for putting politics ahead of what’s right during his term. But it should do what the House did.
It is only then that this country will get where it is supposed to get regarding health care. Health care reform is needed. Insurance should be sold across state lines to create better competition and lower premiums. There should be tort reform to make insurance and medical practice less risky. There are incremental improvements needed.
Republicans tried to make those kind of suggestions four years ago and several times since but were told arrogantly by President Obama that elections have consequences.
Most Americans are leaving a strong message that they don’t want President Obama’s plan. And young people aren’t signing up for it or indicating they will do so, meaning the plan will become even more expensive when it is implemented.
Meanwhile, the president is out making speeches in friendly places to politicize the issue. That’s not leadership.
He will only stop favoring politicized campaigning over real problem-solving when he is made to.
The Senate needs to show some maturity, tell the president that we all want health care improvements but not this disaster of a law, and cut off funding for the new health care law.
The president has delayed implementing many of the business elements of the law by a year and lawmakers have gained an exemption from it.
If the cooks aren’t eating what they are about to serve, what’s that tell you?