From my Fair Tax Fantasy coauthor Hank Adler:
There are certain facts that are incontrovertible in today’s healthcare discussion. The United States Senate has not made a proposal, the President of the United States is admittedly unfamiliar with key provisions of the House of Representatives proposal and the President and his advisors have had extensive meetings with various elements of the healthcare community, yet no one knows with precision whether any of these discussions are reflected in anything.
The President has declared that anyone against these plans is playing politics and/or “trying to put off decisions on legislation “until special interests can kill it.” Wow.
When did our system of democracy erase the general idea of our representatives and the public knowing what is in key legislation before passing it? I would like to think that both of my Senators, my Congressman and my President actually understand proposed legislation before voting.
Is there no provision within any proposed or yet unproposed legislation that would cause the President to veto such a bill? Based on his rhetoric, one would think this is the set of rules he would like Congress to follow. Just vote Yes, do not read it, do not think about it, just vote Yes.
In the extreme, if there was a “perfect” healthcare bill except for a provision that made it illegal to receive an abortion in any facility accepting federal money, the President would not only oppose, he would veto such healthcare legislation. This would be a deal point to the President and his constituency. That is the opportunity I want my representatives to have. I want them to be able to read any legislation, think about it, have time to get feedback from their constituents and only vote for such legislation if there is nothing in it which to them (not anyone else, to them) is a deal point.
When I hear the President say: “The American people understand the status quo is unacceptable”, all I can remember is that famous quote in Vietnam: “We needed to destroy the village to save it.” We cannot allow time pressure to destroy healthcare to “save it.”