Framing the Dialogue

Senate GOP Won’t Rush Health Care Bill

ObamacareYou would hink that this headline from a Reuters story would offer some comfort to conservatives like me who are very concerned about the government’s take over of the American health care system, or as it is widely known, Obamacare. 

The check is in the mail.

The article quoted Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell; “This will be on the floor for quite a long time.”  Once again, that should be comforting.  The article also said that McConnell would not elaborate on the time frame for the bill’s consideration.  The Senate it seems is not rabble like the House; “There will be a lot of amendments over a lot of weeks.  I mean, the Senate is not the House.  You saw in the House three votes and it was over in one day.

I was just about to call you.

That’s just great Senator McConnell, but by my count the Democrat party has more than enough votes to bring this to the floor (58 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with the Dems for 60 votes).  Even with Sen. Lieberman’s support, the Republicans can do little more than make procedural noise.  The most that they can hope for is delay. 

No officer…I have no idea how fast I was going.

rino republicansMcConnell and the rest of the Republican-lite folks feel like they have sway in the debate.  They don’t.  All the Democrats have to do is pick off one or two of the many RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and they will ram this bill through.  Much ballyhoo will be made of the great bipartisan effort to pass the bill.  All it takes is one RINO to cross the isle for the main stream media to paint the bill as bipartisan.

You look great in those pants.

What are the chances that the Democrats and the lame stream media will not convince a Republican or two how important this issue has become and how the nation wants this legislation.  There is a crisis and this issue is just too great to ignore.  There are plenty who have crossed before; Snowe (she actually was supportive for a time), Collins, Graham, McCain (remember McCain-Feingold), and Hatch (described by Jim Quinn as a lion on Sunday [news shows] and a lamb on Monday.

It wasn’t me.

Please don’t take it personally Sen. McConnell if we do not take comfort in your words.  After all we have listened to plenty of words in the past.  We will be exclusively watching your actions from now on.

I am from the government and I am here to help.

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