Needless to say, if I’d heard President Obama’s speech before finishing my column in today’s paper I wouldn’t have changed much, but I would have had another really horrendous example of the sort of boorish behavior that Hatch, if he were a real leader who cared about his country, would condemn very publicly in the very strongest language possible.
I was glad to see Sen. John McCain do so. He’s got the job security and weight to do that without repurcussions, which is exactly why Hatch needs to do so as well. If leaders of Congress can’t work for the country, insuring good productive debate by reigning in that sort of shinanigans, why are they leaders?
And it is about the good of the country. Everyone agrees that this nation’s health care system is broken. Everyone agrees it needs to be fixed. Jerks calling the president names do not help. That idiot from South Carolina probably hurt his cause, and helped the Democrats, more than he knows, but he also added to the polarization, which I get the feeling Obama is really trying to do away with.
It’s interesting to see what that idiot and a few others are hanging their hat on — the health care proposals do specifically prohibit helping anyone who is not here legally with one caveat — they provide prenatal care to illegal immigrants who are pregnant.
Why? Well, because that unborn child will be a citizen if born here, under current law (Presidential opponents can discuss “natural born” in precise detail) and because there used to be a feeling in this country that, no matter what the parent has done, the innocent child should not suffer as a consequence. This is one of those “christian” things you hear about. or used to be.
That seems to have gone by the board here — Obama is a liar because illegal immigrants could, indeed, get one specific type of care, but they’d have to be a pregnant female to do it? Kind of a stretch.
This also puts opponents of health care reform in the interesting position of not caring for the health of the unborn, while at the same time not wanting to pay for any abortions of that unborn because they care so deeply about the life of that unborn, just not the quality of that life, or even if the kid lives after being born or dies because of some problem that could have been fixed, if found.
Which means, when born without proper prenatal care, the child will have a greater potential for birth defects, arrested development, disease, bad teeth, and who knows what else, all which carry huge costs to society in direct medical costs and lost potential.
In short, they want the kid alive, but they don’t want anything to do with it either before birth or after.
This makes no sense, but neither does much else in the health care debate coming from people who, very very obviously, don’t want reform if a Democratic Party president has anything to do with it at all. That’s the bottom line here.
I’m also growing weary of all the gum flapping about costs.
Yes, that is a worry, but there is much that these same worriers want the U.S. to buy that they don’t want to pay for, and you don’t see them screaming about that cost. The $100 billion a year we’re paying for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are prime examples — Bush ran them off budget so he could pretend they weren’t there but never raised a nickel to pay the bill. He slapped down the national Mastercard and kicked the whole thing down the road to the same grandchildren that everyone says will get stuck with the health care reform bill.
These same people refuse to raise taxes to pay for what they want. They refuse to cut spending. They just want what they want – D or R, all the same in this regard, although I give an edge to the R side of the equation because they preach fiscal responsibility while never, ever, discussing raising the funds to pay for what they buy.
Say what you will, a “tax and spend” politician is at least discussing raising the revenue.
ps: Just had a phone call from a woman in Brigham City who wanted to know how to send a copy of my column today to Sen. Hatch in case his subscription to the paper landed in the bushes. Send it to:
Sen. Orrin Hatch,
104 Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-5251
Fax: (202) 224-6331