Utah's health care congressional idiots

Well, thanks to Sen. Hatch, Sen. Bennett and Rep. Bishop’s idiocy, Utah can count on no goodies from the newly passed health bill.

As regular readers of my column know, I’m all about our Congresspeople bringing home the bacon. Other people may criticize earmarks and wasteful federal spending, but I say if they’re going to spend it — and you know they are — why not here?

The newly passed health bills in the House and Senate were ideal opportunities to clean up. The Senate vote, especially, was razor-thin on that idiotic rule that requires 60 votes to cut off debate. The final holdouts on the Democratic side were making some extremely lucrative deals for their states. Nebraska, for crying out loud, was running the entire nation for a few minutes there. Lieberman in Connecticut?  He wrung those guys like a wet dishrag.

Criminy, can you imagine the opportunity that Hatch, Bennett and Bishop have let slip?

If they’d dangled the chance of a GOP vote for the bill in front of the House or Senate leaders, especially Sen. Reid, it would have been raw meat to a starving lion. It would have let the Utah guys cut the legs off those greedy Democrat holdouts AND assured Utah permanent funding for Hill Air Force Base, the state’s entire Medicaid budget AND a couple hundred miles of fully funded extensions to FrontRunner. It was a cash cow waiting to be milked.

And the chance of having Orrin Hatch jump the aisle? My God, the Democratic party, and President Obama, would have given them major body parts of Nancy Palosi, permanent funding for HAFB for the next 50 years, anything they wanted, just to get Hatch to vote for the bill.

And Orrin could have done it, too. He could have gotten a tear in his eye, said something nice about his dear friend Teddy Kennedy, and voted, and Utah voters would have pondered the lifetime of job security Hatch had just guaranteed them and made Orrin the state’s permanent senator for life.

But now the chance is gone.

Utahns without health insurance will benefit, sure, but there was so much opportunity there, and our representatives blew it.

One can only hope that, as the final bills work their way through the reconcilliation process, our representatives pull their heads out and start grabbing. Everyone else is, and Utah is in serious danger of being left out, yet again.

Yes, I know, this sounds snarky, but keep in mind: A heck of a lot of jobs in Utah depend on federal spending, not the least of which are defense related. If peace ever breaks out, Williams International could shut down and HAFB would be cut WAY back. Our congressional delegation’s job is to keep the sugar flowing, not get caught up in idealogically driven crusades that let Democratic states get cash we don’t. Hatch et al are working to better the GOP chances in the 2012 elections, and we know that, but those elections don’t bring money to Utah now, and now is when we need it. The leverage Utah has by being the most secure Red state in the nation is nil compared to the massive pile we could have cleaned up on if only Hatch had done a little bit of hard bargaining.

But then again, we’ve known all along that Hatch is more a creature of DC politics, not Utah. He’s only actually lived here long enough to get residency so he could run for the Senate and hasn’t  been back since. Maybe it’s time Utah voters asked him, very seriously, just who the heck he works for, Utah or the GOP?

Hatch’s and Bennet’s and Bishop’s failure to play money politics in what is obviously the biggest grabest of the century gives one serious pause to wonder just how seriously they’re taking their jobs.

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7 Responses to Utah's health care congressional idiots

  1. Gregory Renfroe says:

    Well said, Mr. Trentelman

  2. Mark Shenefelt says:

    It’s a rare political cat who will jump party lines on such an ugly issue, even if he or she could clean house like the blackmailers Lieberman, Nelson, Snowe and others.

    Especially in the case of the entrenched Utah GOP types. No way would any of these guys ever even think of such a move. Because to do so would bring a mantle of pariah. Look what’s happening to Bennett politically just because he dared work on a health care bill with a Democratic senator.

    They only care about their owned necks. They’re all the same on both sides, too.

  3. laytonian says:

    Until we institute public campaign finance, nothing will change.

    On “Morning Joe” this week, I heard that the average member of Congress has to raise approximately $77,000 per day…..to enable them to run for re-election.

  4. smith says:

    Well Charles once again, personal attacks are used against people whose opinion you are against. I admit there is one without credible mental capability but he has a column.

    None of the states should have gotten anything in the medical bill. It is bribery for something that is bad for all of us and it is particularly bad because it is an onerous burden on all of us. So rather than use personal attacks perhaps you might deal with the real issues and that is the bill is bad for all of us and takes away liberties that have been ours since this country’s founding.

    I don’t believe you will take the challenge because you are very liberal in your columns so this would go against your political position. You should be worried about your job though. The liberals have a history of savaging any institution that doesn’t adhere closely to their terrible policy desires and you will run afoul of them at some point.

  5. Mike Glass says:

    I respect your honesty and forthrightnes but it reminds me of the old joke that “we are not debating any longer what you are, we are only debating the price”. If you consider how our government was founded and its principals you will see that who gets the most graft was not a part of the Constitution. I had thought that our laws were supposed to be based on specific parts of the Constition. If you can’t find it in the Constitution it can’t be the law. Our form of government is not supposed to be based on laws created for specific individuals or groups but for the entire population.

    Please read the Federalist papers to get a better understanding on the principles on which we were to be governed. We are supposed to be a nation of laws and not of men. Your way only works as long as you get paid, when you stop getting paid you will want a change of the laws. Sounds more like a third world banana repubplic.

  6. Anthony Mazza says:

    Most people don’t trust government officials and this latest bill is a good example as to why. The Health Care Reform Bill was ment to help all people of this nation, not hide buyoffs for whoever held out the longest. The problem with government officials and society in general is that they are greedy and self-serving, and Trentelman seems to think this is a good idea. Selfish greedy people want something for nothing and always want more. Shame on those Senators that screwed the rest of the nation just so they could make a buck for their states and get re-elected. I didn’t vote for Hatch or Bennett, but applaud them and Bishop for standing-up against a bill that hasn’t fully been thought out and was full of such rubbish as Nebraska’s and Florida’s paid votes. They are there to vote according to how the people in their state want them to vote, not jump in a grabfest and take whatever they can get. Maybe we would all be better-off if our cities, states, and countries elected officials practiced a little honesty and ethics and thought more about how to help everyone.

  7. chad says:

    It’s all a mess but in the mean time if affordable health insurance is on your mind we got ours at utahhealth.com, it basically checks all the health insurance companies in utah in about 1 minute with out giving out any personal information..So smart and way ahead of their time.

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