I agree with you on the fact that most Americans don’t like government ‘secrecy’ and in many respects the vote in Massachusetts clearly reflected a total disgust with the way Washington is operating – especially with health care reform.
As you correctly pointed out, this whole health care process has been a nightmare – made worse because of decisions by the President, and Congressional leadership to keep this process under wraps – out of the view of the American people – behind closed doors.
Finally, President Obama, still smarting over the stunning loss of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, has come clean admitting that it was, to use his word, a ‘mistake’ in failing to be transparent with the American people on health care reform.
I’m not sure they really get it, though. Democratic leaders in Congress are still acting like the Massachusetts Senate election didn’t happen. They are still strategizing (out of the view of the American people of course) about how to move forward on passing a health care plan that most Americans reject. The health care plan before Congress is now opposed by nearly 60% of the American people.
And, even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is dragging his feet on this one. Instead of swearing-in Scott Brown as the new Massachusetts Senator the day after he was elected (after all he was in Washington and even met with Reid that day) the Senate Majority Leader has decided to wait until the election is ‘certified’ by officials in Massachusetts.
That’s an excuse not a legal requirement for not seating the newly elected Senator immediately. Absurd. In fact, Sen. Ted Kennedy was sworn-in within hours after his win in the 1960’s – long before the results were ‘certified.” With so much at stake legislatively, Senator-elect Brown needs to get to work without delay – on health care and a host of other issues.
Yes, we need more transparency and we need the political games to stop. In assessing his first year on the job, President Obama said he would forge ahead with his agenda – including health care reform – even it if costs him re-election. “I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer.
We will see.
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