The national debate over the administration’s health care plan has spawned some strange occurrences. Last week, for example, Rep. David Scott (D-GA) completely lost his cool when a medical doctor tried to ask him some legitimate questions at a town hall meeting. At town hall meetings in other districts, it is the protestors, not the members of Congress who have behaved badly.
Tempers are running high, but that should not be particularly surprising — after all, the administration is proposing to dramatically alter the manner in which health care has been delivered and paid for in America for many decades. Putting the government firmly in the health care driver’s seat scares alot of Americans; and many of them feel they are not getting the answers and facts they deserve.
They’re certainly not going to get those answers and facts from two of the Democratic Party’s top leaders — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer from Maryland. Both Pelosi and Hoyer are among the president’s top cheerleaders on Capitol Hill, championing the administration’s so-called “reform” legislation and criticizing Republicans for opposing it. However, an opinion piece the two congressional leaders co-authored for Monday’s “USA TODAY” did nothing to shed light on the complexities of the pending legislation; but instead continued the simplistic, misleading level of discourse that has prevailed throughout the past weeks.
The thesis of the Pelosi-Hoyer article seems to be that because the issue of national health care coverage has been (in their analysis) a part of the “national agenda” for nearly 100 years — 1912 to be precise – it cannot be “derailed” by “un-American” opponents. The authors’ reference to government-provided ”health coverage for all” being a part of Teddy Roosevelt’s third party presidential run in 1912, is historically dubious and seems a rather strange one to begin with, since his was a losing campaign. To then lump the first Roosevelt together with former President Bill Clinton, is stranger still, since the government-run health care program pushed by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton during her husband’s first term, was one of the primary reasons his party lost control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years.
History lessons aside, Pelosi and Hoyer in their article then issue a list of slogans that are truly humorous in their naivete:
The fact that congressional leaders like Pelosi and Hoyer either themselves believe that Americans cannot now obtain preventive care if they choose, or that the American populace is so stupid it doesn’t realize such options are already available, speaks volumes about the level of debate being exercise by the proponents of this plan for the federal government to assume eventual control of health care in America.