If Senator Snowe allows herself to go home for the five week break in Maine and then comes back and votes for some sort of a “compromise” with Democrats, I will have to believe that she listened to her voters.
But if Senator Snowe or any other GOP “centrist” or “moderate” Democratic senator rushes through a vote on a “compromise” package this week, I will have to believe that they did so not because they wanted to represent their constituents, but because they feared what their constituents would tell them on the August break. A vote this week would be the triumph of elitism over representative government. The six senators hammering out a bipartisan plan need to test their Beltway presumptions against the realities of American public opinion while at home in the dog days of summer.
That public opinion is turning massively against Obamacare because the public is beginning to understand the ramifications of Obamacare. Significant majorities don’t want to be pushed from their private health insurance into a “government option/private plan.” Larger majorities don’t want the government in the business of picking rationing winners and losers. Huge majorities don’t want more taxes or escalating deficits.
The Senate needs now to exercise its traditional and constitutional role of the brake on bad legislation.
Slow down. Listen to the voters. Come back in September when much more is known and much more careful deliberations are possible.
If you agree with a prudent and reasonable approach, be sure to sign the petition urging caution.