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Senate 'delays' healthcare reform


Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said yesterday that the delay of a vote on health care reform should help the process. "I think it's helping a little because this is so complicated and Senators want to feel comfortable with what they're doing," Baucus told reporters.

A delay won't help the process. A delay will push the vote on this bill to a time when they're all too worried about getting re-elected to take a stand on anything. And opponents of health care reform are well aware of that; it's why they're delaying.

The Patriot Act was signed a little over a month after September 11th. It was 100s of pages long. It contained sweeping changes to complex laws around law enforcement, surveillance, and counter-terrorism. And yet they were able to get it through Congress in no time at all.

Obama campaigned on health care reform. It's been 8 months since he was elected. Democrats have been trying to pass healthcare reform since Harry Truman. There are plenty of existing models (Canada, Massachusetts,etc.) to draw upon. What excuse is there for a delay?

By fnord12 | July 24, 2009, 9:59 AM | Liberal Outrage