Originally Posted by Hands Sandon
The repubs got lots in the healthcare bill but because they didn't manage to get everything they tried to thwart it.
I don't believe the facts support that statement Hands. House Republicans proposed hundreds of amendments to the legislation while it was being drafted. They proposed allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines, expanded HSAs, tort reform, tax credits for individuals, reforms ending disqualification for pre-existing conditions, and many, many other sound ideas. All of them were completely ignored without so much as a debate. Republicans asked for a 72 hour review of the bill's thousands of pages prior to voting on it. That was denied. They asked for a simple debate regarding the bill's constitutionality. That too was denied. Several Democrats supported these proposals as well, but they too were denied by the majority.
House rules require a majority vote to even introduce a proposal. Proposing a bill of their own was never a feasibility.
They're not out for what's best, there out to block Obama and that's it.
Many moderate Republicans were open to compromise, but the Democrats had no need for it. At the time, Mitch McConnell commented
the Ds had "no interest in drafting a bill that was in the political middle." Obama and his Democrat-dominated Congress saw their majority as a mandate to do whatever they pleased, their constituency be damned.
This difference of opinion served to open a gaping chasm between the two parties. Those near the middle - those willing to compromise to craft a bill with bipartisan support - fell into the abyss last Tuesday. It's not likely we'll see many Congressmen on either side sitting near the middle of the road any time soon.
Any chance for Republicans to work with Obama, instead of stonewalling his agenda, was squandered by the Pelosi-led extremists. What we're now left with is a very divided Congress, represented by extremes on the left and the right, working in an atmosphere poisoned by the manner in which Pelosi's Democrats conducted themselves over the past two years.