Friday, March 19, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Quote of the day honors go to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, discussing the upcoming vote on health care:

“It’s pretty clear now that this is no longer an argument between Republicans and Democrats,” said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. “It’s an argument between Democrats and their own constituents.”

In Health Vote, Democrats Weigh Success vs. Survival

In the House, at least, he's correct. The Senate has been the body where Republican influence has made at least some of the chicanery the Democrats have indulged in possible. There, the Republicans have called for cloture votes at nearly the rate they did in the previous, record setting, Congress. If they continue at this pace, there should be more than 100 motions filed for cloture this Congress. I wouldn't be shocked to see 120.

Sometimes, even liars manage to speak the truth. Enjoy your moment here, Senator. I think I can safely predict it won't last.


Anonymous said...

Cujo - Kudos for all your excellent "bird-dogging" research over the last several days. You'e certainly broke complicated, hard-to-understand legislation into "bite-size" portions! And, unlike many Bloggers, who shall remain nameless, you give credit where credit is due!
Cujo, I've been fighting a ferocious case of bone marrow cancer(Multiple Myeloma) for > 7 years now. For personal (maybe I'm selfish) reasons, I had hoped this Medical Insurance Bill would benefit me, what with the staggering costs of my RXs & treatments. But, thanks to your excellent research, isn't it fair to say that this "Reform" benefits hardly anyone?? Thanks! JB

Cujo359 said...

Hi JB,

I have my own selfish reasons for wanting better health care in America. They're nowhere near as dire as yours, but anyone my age has to have concern about the future both for himself and the country generally.

The only people who I think will benefit from this bill, besides the insurance drug, and medical care industries, are people in some states who will now qualify for Medicaid. That could be as many as 15 million. Beyond that, though, no one will, in my opinion. Drugs cannot be reimported, which might help you. There will be no serious regulation of the insurance industry, nor will there be a government-sponsored alternative. At this point, it's looking like Medicare may not be changed in ways it needs to be.

Cujo359 said...

Change "might help you" to "might have helped you", as in, if they'd allowed drug reimportation from Canada and elsewhere, you might have been able to buy some drugs more cheaply.

Sometimes, it really is too late to write.