I had planned to write this morning about the latest excuses the Republicans might come up with to continue to try to block any legislation in the next round of the long-suffering Healh Care Reform negotiations.
My intent was to try to find some humor in the situation, since the past year of following every move of the HCR bills has, quite frankly, almost made me ill. I hadn’t written about it in a while because I didn’t want to. As many others, I’ve been burned too many times and was afraid to start it all over again with the recent hubbub.
My first thought concerned everyone’s favorite Orange House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Tanning Bed). Since he last complained that the bill was way too long, I was going to write that he would probably now say the plan, at only 11 pages, would be much too short.
Well, little did I know that he would beat me to it! Upon sitting in front of my computer this morning, I gazed upon the TPM website, and there he was in all his glowing spray tanned glory along with the words: TOO SHORT!!
A spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner today ridiculed President Obama’s health care proposal because it’s too short.
“The White House’s ‘plan’ consists of an 11-page outline, which has not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office or posted online as legislative text. So they want to reorganize one-sixth of the United States’ economy with a document shorter than a comic book, and they’re complaining that they can’t find our plan on their own website? C’mon,” said the spokesman, Michael Steel, in an email to reporters.
Remember last October, while lugging around a giant stack of papers, which he dropped with a loud “thud!” for dramatic affect, and claimed it was “1,990 pages of bureaucracy?”
“The best way to get a sense of what Speaker Pelosi’s takeover of health care looks like is to actually look at it. Just shy of 2,000 pages, it runs more than 620 pages longer than the government-run plan Hillary Clinton proposed in 1993,” Boehner said.
Sadly, when Boehner now says the proposal is just too short, he isn’t trying to be funny. He is merely a desperate little man, who apparently has no clue how silly this makes him look. I can hardly wait until the meeting this Thursday. Boehner will probably burst into tears on camera, and whimper “We wanted a pony!”
Or did he already say that before I finished typing this post?