Republicans attempt to hijack credit for Health Care reform
Today, President Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 into law. Although not one Republican voted for health care reform, and many members of the party claimed to be kept in the dark, Republicans are claiming the so-called “good” parts of the health care bill as their own ideas and wisdom.
It was Republicans who fought for policies that protected Americans with preexisting conditions, and it was Republicans who proposed health care reforms that didn’t cut Medicare by $500 billion, and raise Americans’ taxes by $400 million.
It’s Republicans who continue to believe that we should focus on reforms which actually lower health care costs for Americans, first and foremost.
I’m amazed at the audacity of Republicans in Congress. This claim to credit is supposedly going to be part of their campaign for reelection in the 2010 elections, although not a single Republican voted for the reform. A CNN poll indicated that more people are in favor of the new bill vs. conservative polls that appear to be skewed:
- Congress and Health Care Bill
- 47% believe the bill should be repealed
- 50% believe the bill should not be repealed
- Among supporters of the Health Care Bill
- 54% believe there should be additional changes made
- 46% believe the bill should be left as is
- Countdown with Keith Olbermann (Airtime: 3/30/2010 @ 8 PM)
- Republican candidates told to talk health care