There have been a few signs recently, at least in the health care debate, that President Obama may finally be waking up to realize what some of us have thought all along: that the Republican Party is indeed “The Party of No.” There will be no compromise on health care. Period.
I’ve believed this for a long time, and not just about health care. I think it began as soon as it became apparent to the Republicans that Obama was going to be elected, but they didn’t just become the “Party of No.” They became “The Party of Never.” If Obama proposes something, they’re against it, and there’s no doubt in my mind that this is how it will be for the remainder of his presidency. It doesn’t matter what the issue is. The only thing that matters to them is power. They don’t have it anymore and they want it back. Unfortunately, for all of us, they are willing to do anything to get it back. Anything.
When people bring guns to town hall meetings in order to discuss health care, we don’t hear any Republicans pointing out what a bad idea this is. Instead we have Republicans going on television to say publicly that it’s ok. Go ahead, bring that gun! It is your right after all! It doesn’t matter to Republicans that lives are put in danger when people bring firearms to a town hall meeting where anger and emotions are already running high. That’s the point. With a little help from the insurance companies themselves, this is an atmosphere they have worked very hard to create. This is a risk that they are perfectly willing for YOU to take. Just as they are perfectly willing to let YOU run the risk of getting sick when you have really poor health insurance that you can’t afford, or worse, no health insurance at all. They don’t need to worry about things like that. After all, they already have health insurance… and you and I pay for it.
When the Republicans say “we need to take America back from Obama” what they really mean is they want to be back in power again, plain and simple. They’ve illustrated pretty clearly that they are willing to do just about anything to make that happen. (I hate to think what they’ll do after moving on from health care.)
In this country there are people who have health insurance but find out too late that something they have isn’t covered by it. There are people who have health insurance but have lost everything else in order to pay for high premiums. There are people in this country who don’t have health insurance and die because of it every day. The majority of Americans want health care reform with the public option. Yet the Republicans say “no” it’s fine just the way it is. Even if it’s a matter of life or death. These same Republicans, who are covered by government health care themselves, have made their decision that we Americans can do without.
That leaves me with a question. When Republicans talk about “Death Panels,” aren’t they really speaking of themselves?