The heath care vote you DIDN’T hear about

Jan 20, 2011, 8:18 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:48 pm

Dave Ross Commentary – Listen: The health care vote you DIDN’T hear about

Republicans in the House have fulfilled their campaign promise to pass a bill repealing health care reform.

“Like a tree that’s rotten at the center we must cut it down and put something new in its place.”

So we’ve been assured that something new is on the way. But in the meantime, the House of Representatives is on record as sincerely believing that the federal government has no business guaranteeing health care.

Or at least guaranteeing YOUR health care.

Because there was ANOTHER vote immediately afterward which made it clear what kind of health care a majority of the House still DOES believe in.

Right after the vote to repeal the health care bill, the minority Democrats decided to make a point of their own by forcing a vote on a clever little measure… a measure which said that repeal of health care could only take effect AFTER a majority of members of Congress give up THEIR OWN federal health benefits.

And in fact, 14 House Republicans have already stepped up, saying they would give up their federal health benefits on principle.

But just the same, the measure failed. The idea that members strip themselves of the same guarantee they voted to strip from us — just couldn’t get the votes.

Now again, these are all symbolic votes, with no real effect — just to send a message. And we’re getting that message loud and clear. The message is:

“You sent us here to take back your country … and so we intend to liberate you from guaranteed health care…. while making darn sure we keep it for ourselves.

“Because we may have principles, but WE’RE NOT CRAZY.”

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The heath care vote you DIDN’T hear about