2009-07-25 / News

Here's all you need to know about healthcare reform

With the Zack Space supported cap and tax bill thankfully stalled in the U.S. Senate, the Obama Administration's continuing mad rush to take more control over our lives is now focused on healthcare. We could go on for pages about how damaging it will be to both our physical and fiscal health. But that's not necessary.

Early this month, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, authored an op-ed piece on the Huffington Post blog entitled "Health Reform That Works for Every American." Their piece praised the legislation approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee of which they are members. The Community Health Insurance Option "will offer benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans - or better."

But apparently that plan isn't good enough for the two senators and most of the Democrats on the committee. On July 14, Brown, Whitehouse and eight other committee Democrats opposed U.S. Senator Tom Coburn's, R-Oklahoma, amendment requiring that all members of Congress and their staffs enroll in any new government-run health plan. The amendment was approved 12-11 with Republican Judd Gregg of New Hampshire also voting "no." He believes the plan will be so bad that no one should be forced to enroll. Political observers are confident that the Coburn amendment will be very quietly stripped out of any final bill.

This hypocrisy isn't unusual for Congress, but it speaks volumes about how they really feel about their healthcare plan. It's more - 'Do as we say, not as we do.' Call Brown at his Columbus office (614) 469-2083 or Washington office (202) 224-2315 and tell him you won't support any government takeover of healthcare until all members of Congress and their staffs are required to join the new plan.

A quick review of the July Quarterly Reports filed with Federal Elections Commission sheds some light on Space's decision to side with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and support cap and tax at the expense of his own constituents here in Ohio. On June 26, the same day as the cap and tax vote, the Nancy Pelosi for Congress committee made two $2,000 contributions to the Zack Space for Congress Committee. Her political action committee, To The Future, made two $5,000 contributions on June 30 to the Zack Space for Congress Committee. Of course, both Pelosi and Space deny any linkage between his "yes" vote and her $14,000 in contributions. That may be, but it can't be denied that Pelosi wants to see Space reelected. Why should we?

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