WASHINGTON AP– Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday abandoned plans for a vote on health care before Congress' August recess, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's ambitious timetable to revamp the nation's $2.4 trillion system of medical care.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., delivered the official pronouncement on what had been expected for weeks, saying, "It's better to have a product based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than try to jam something through." His words were a near-echo of Republicans who have criticized the rush to act on complex legislation that affects every American.
It kills me that on top of ignoring one of the top priorities that were the reason these guys are in the majority now... it kills me that he used GOP talking points to defend his pathetic position. Just like the Democratic Party weakness on Iraq over the last 9 years, just like their shameless preservation of the same old politics as usual on so many critical issues-- this one is going to cost American lives, literally. People with no insurance, or inadequate insurance will suffer while these folks delay. People will get sick, be unable to pay their bills, and yes, even die because of our lack of adequate heath care in America.
Chellie Pingree a freshman member of the House, explains why the delay is so disasterous and why the president should stick to his guys and get the congress to work through august if needs be;
If we go home for recess without passing this bill, we will give special interests and their lobbyists five weeks to dump millions of dollars into ad campaigns that spread misinformation and fear and confusion.
We will give them 5 weeks to do everything they can to kill the best chance we have had in a lifetime to more forward on significant health care reform. We must pass this bill now, we absolutely can not afford to wait.
Call and Write your senators and representatives, today.
cross posted from Fighting Liberals