Dems, Stop Dithering on the Health Bill

Maybe it is just a fantasy but at some point I hope that the Democrats in the Senate might be motivated by shit like this to drop the hand-wringing and vote as a caucus to pass a health care bill.


RNC Chairman Mike Steele, who has been calling for a delay in the health care bill process, told members in a strategy memo today that he wants them to stall using every possible tactic.

Steele writes:

But people with a broad range of health reform ideas should be able to come together and realize we need to delay the trillion dollar Obama-Pelosi-Reid health care experiment until next year when we see what the shape of the economy will be. He tells members to "spend every bit of capital and energy you have to stop this health care reform."

"The Democrats have accused us of trying to delay, stall, slow down, and stop this bill," Steele wrote. "They are right. We do want to delay, stall, slow down, and ultimately stop them from experimenting on our nation's health care. And guess what, so do a majority of Americans."

When people are out to cut your throat, you do yourself no favors by showing indecision in your choice of a defensive weapon. In this case, the bill needs to pass so that Congress can move on to what is really concerning Americans right now, which is the lack of jobs. It's far past time for the Senate Democrats to reach a compromise.

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