March 17, 2010

(UPDATED 03.24.10)

I just learned that the official web site of Congressman Kucinich still contains his impassioned reasons for voting “NO” on this ‘Mandatory Purchase of Private Health Insurance’ bill last fall.  Naturally, assuming this would be scrubbed at any minute, I rushed to the site to capture the screen.  Reading the reasons for the NO vote make the YES vote that much more difficult to swallow.

(UPDATED 03.22.10)

Scratch Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who had earned an homage in September 2008 for her response to the financial mortgage scam.

(UPDATED 03.18.10)

Today, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) held a press conference to announce he would support the sinister health insurance legislation he adamantly opposed just yesterday. You can find ample reports of this all over the internet.  You can also read that until just days ago, he characterized this bill as a compulsory “giveaway” of taxpayer money to the insurance industry.  Today, according to the New York Times, he gave these explanations of his whiplash-speed turnaround.

1. “If my vote is to be counted, let it count now for passage of the bill, hopefully in the direction of comprehensive health care reform.”

(jbjd:  “Hopefully”?  “In the direction of”?  On what celestial plane does such ‘virtual accomplishment’ merit support of a bill from a legislator who is the fiduciary of the (tax revenues) of the constituents he was elected to represent?)

2. “The president’s visit to my district on Monday underscores the urgency of this vote.”

(jbjd:  No principle underpinning our Constitutional Republic provides that when the President, head of the Executive branch of government, can demonstrate he really really really wants a bill to pass; then a Congressperson, a member of the Legislative branch of government, must give him what he wants.)

3. “Something is better than nothing — that’s what I keep hearing from my constituents,’’ Mr. Kucinich said.

(jbjd:  So, by arguing AGAINST passage of this bill BEFORE flying on Air Force One yesterday, is he admitting he ignored the will of his constituents?  Or, would he have us believe that sufficient numbers of these constituents changed their minds AFTER he flew off with the man?)

I read a comment on another blog, defending Mr. Kucinich as an incrementalist, predicting he will continue to fine tune the admittedly problematic legislation.  Here was my response.

Any bill the strongest advocacy for passage of which depends on a reliance that one legislator will fight to correct its faulty provisions, even assuming such fight could be successful, deserves to be defeated.

I also posted this comment on the blog, even before reading the results of that presser.

Based on her prior pronouncements on the subject, I cannot imagine that HRC supports this sinister health insurance legislation.  What cost/benefit analysis allows her to rationalize her silence?  This acquiescence is my ‘tipping point.’  “COUNTRY” before “CLUB.”


UPDATE:  03.18.10

Less than 24 hours after Rep. Kucinich’s press conference announcing his new found support for the health insurance bill, opposition rose up from an unexpected source.

Today’s Washington Post announced that Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Massachusetts) told reporters, he has withdrawn support for the health insurance legislation.

President Obama lost a former supporter of his health-care initiative Thursday, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) told reporters he’s opposed to the legislation.

Opposing the bill from the left, Lynch said the reforms in the compromise draft being unveiled Thursday afternoon water down those that he supported in November.

“This is a great bill if you’re an insurance company,” Lynch said…

Take that, Mr. Kucinich.

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