Among the Republican amendments defeated Wednesday were a measure from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to prevent convicted child molesters and rapists from getting reimbursed by the government for drugs to treat erectile dysfunction; an amendment from Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.) to require all members of Congress to enroll in Medicaid; a measure from Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) to certify that no households earning less than $250,000 will see increased taxes as a result of health care reform; and an amendment by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to certify that Americans will not have to change their health insurance as a result of the bill if they do not want to.
While obviously these were amendments meant to force the House to re-vote on reconciliation you have to wonder why such provisions were not in the bill that supposedly took a year to craft in the first pace. Besides the House has to re-vote on the thing anyway on points already existing in the bill that were irrelevant to health care: student loans. (FWIW, The injection of student loans into health care legislation is another massive problem I have with Washington corruption.)
I do have to wonder why one would oppose amendments preventing sexual predators from getting ED drugs, exempting themselves from Medicaid, ensuring Obama’s promise not to raise taxes on the middle class, and ensuring Americans can keep their health insurance if they want to. Are not the final two promises the Democrat’s vaunted leader, President Obama, promised?
Any adult knows you can’t trust a politician farther than you can toss him. But that does not mean you can’t make them pay at the ballot box for their arrogance and broken promises. Personally, I hope to see many unemployed politicians come November crying over their Thanksgiving meals over their lost positions of power.
Remember in November!