Harrowing Healthcare Hedge

Since everyone’s bored to death with the Presidential contest that will never end, Democrats in Congress have decided to make some news. As reported in The Hill, some Democrats are not so sure how possible it will be to enact the healthcare plans proposed by our Presidential contenders.

“We all know there is not enough money to do all this stuff,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), a Finance Committee member and an Obama supporter, referring to the presidential candidates’ healthcare plans. “What they are doing is … laying out their ambitions.”

Fair enough. I think most people can agree that whoever wins the Presidency, their current plan will merely be a roadmap, not the gospel.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), a member of Senate Democratic leadership and a key Hillary Clinton ally who also sits on the Finance Committee, said he is “not sure we have the big plan on healthcare.”
“Healthcare I feel strongly about, but I am not sure that we’re ready for a major national healthcare plan,” Schumer said.
Schumer said he would focus “on prevention above all and cost cutting until we can get a national healthcare plan.”

Prevention? Because that’s working so well in everything else we do. That’s great Chuck. And what do you mean we don’t have the “plan” on healthcare? Have you read your candidate’s position? Why would you do anything to cast a doubt? Don’t you know she’s “winning” again? /snark

Still, the best quote comes from Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.):

“I hear on the campaign trail, ‘This is what I’m going to do,’ as if there is not a Congress here with feelings and experience on this issue,” Meek said. “I think it’s important that everyone takes that into consideration and that this is not a kingdom, this is a democracy.”

Are you serious? Feelings? Like whoooaaa, whoooaaaa, whooaaaa, feelings? Give me a break! And where has all that high falutin’ “Not a Monarchy” crap been for the last 8 years Mr. Votes for unrestricted funding man.

The only Democrat that seemed to have a positive position on this was, surprisingly Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a Clinton supporter

…made the case that voters would be giving them a mandate to enact healthcare reform if either Democrat wins in November.

There’s the spirit DIFI.

Look people, we’re still in the primary season, and now’s not the time to start casting doubt on our ability to do what just about every American wants us to do, fix the healthcare system, that’s a job for the Republicans. Let’s not announce a defeat before we even try. Let’s not try to lower expectations because we’re afraid it might not work. For the love of all that is Holy, how’s about some optimism?: Sheesh!

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