As a panelist on Fox News Sunday, Liz Cheney, a potential bright future star of the conservative movement, declared that the job Senate republicans have been doing to derail ObamaCare was "masterful." I agree.
I realize there are some conservatives out there who are disappointed that our GOP Senators aren't initiating legislative Armageddon to stop this latest Obamination. They don't want the Senate GOP to be the "party of no" they want the GOP to be the party of HELL NO! I have a great deal of sympathy with that point of view and did have the chance to express myself on the issue of stronger Senate GOP leadership directly to Senator McCain here a few years back.
But leading GOP senators has been compared to herding cats. If they get too skittish, they scatter. And lately, it has been remarkable how united they have been. Even Olympia Snowe appears to have come back from the dark side despite intense personal lobbying by President Obama at the White House.
And while GOP senators are more united than ever before, a huge swing in independent support has abandoned Obama and taken up opposition to ObamaCare. These are the same voters who constantly complain about partisan bickering and whose support GOP Senators fear might weaken if GOP Senators were to follow more hardball tactics. Such tactics risk fracturing our unity in the Senate and the majority support we enjoy on this issue among the public.
Keep in mind that the GOP strategy means that the media focus has been on the moderate Democrats and Joe Lieberman rather than headlining stories about GOP obstruction. That in itself is a master stroke. What would be gained by a hyper-aggressive GOP in the Senate?
Let's not forget that the Dems original plan was to have a health bill on Obama's desk this fall with a bill passed in both Houses by the August recess. That didn't happen in large part because House and Senate Republicans were able to slow down the process and give the public a chance to have their voices heard in Town Hall protests.
What GOP Senators Are Doing
On Saturday, I highlighted what House Republicans are doing to counter the runaway train of fiscal irresponsibility that grips House Democrats as they prepare to raise the debt ceiling by astounding and unprecedented levels. It's only fair I give equal time to Senate GOP efforts to derail ObamaCare. That's job one to every single member of our Senate leadership.
Sadly, don't expect to read or hear too much about this on the mainstream "news" broadcasts. They're more interested in reporting on the Tiger Woods scandal than reporting on a story that has a direct impact on the life and well being of every American. But that's why blogs were invented and that's why you are reading this now.
Take a moment and visit the Senate GOP web site. There you will find the latest news and information about what the Senate GOP is doing to stop the train wreck known as ObamaCare. A few highlights:
Senate Health Care Bill a "Jobs Killer."
On the same day that President Obama gathered a handful of business leaders at the White House for a phony "jobs summit" (how many jobs were created? ZERO!) Senate GOP leaders held their own jobs meeting to highlight the negative employment aspects of Obamacare. In contrast to Obama's photo op you probably didn't hear much about their efforts, so here's a 1:34 sample:
Big News: Top Medicare Official Declares Dem Plan Will RAISE Costs!
Obama and the Democrats have long insisted that their plan would lower the "cost curve" for health costs and insurance. In November the Congressional Budget Office said that individual insurance premiums will rise an additional 10% under the Democrat plan . Last week, the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the Health and Human Services Dept., declared that under the Dem plan health care costs would increase by $234 billion more than if no plan were enacted. Plus, many hospitals which are already on a financial knife's edge would be pushed firmly into the red.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said the report "confirms what we've known all along," arguing that the bill would "increase costs, raise premiums and slash Medicare." (1)
It's going to be a big week in the Senate. We'll see if the Congressional Budget Office returns a favorable report on the latest Dem plan to push millions more into an already financially troubled Medicare system. Even the New York Times admits Democrats have "hit a rough patch" over the past week with new "roadblocks." Those roadblocks didn't get there by accident.
UPDATE: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to vote NO on current bill! The job for Harry Reid just got harder!
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