Michael Steele, Republican National Committee Chairman, gave a speech against health care reform. It appears much of the speech came directly from a memo by Alex Castellanos, Republican strategist. For the similarities between the memo and the speech, view the link.
I’m not terribly surprised by the use of phrases and such from the memo. If they polled well, they’ll be used. What is surprising is Steele’s response to a question about whether or not he favors requiring citizens to get health coverage. “I don’t do policy,” he replied.
So, first of all, if he doesn’t do policy, why is he speaking about a policy proposal? Why should we care what he has to say about the Democrats’ proposals? Why does he care about politics? Why is he the RNC Chairman?
When asked why the GOP didn’t act to reform healthcare when they were in charge, he claimed there was a “general lack of focus on the issue.” So instead of helping to solve a problem, he’ll just stand up there spouting the same garbage in an attempt to kill an actual attempt at reform.
He did eventually bring up some Republican ideas, but he didn’t mention their ideas were all included in the Democrats’ version. (Side note, does this mean the bill is already bipartisan?) Also, if he doesn’t do policy, why was he even discussing policy ideas?
Republicans should be upset with their representatives. Instead of trying to solve what is an obvious problem by presenting their own ideas, they are spending all their time shooting down the ideas of others. Maybe if they could come up with a better plan to insure the 45 million Americans without healthcare, we would all jump on board. But instead of demonstrating any ingenuity, they are simply proving themselves to be a party of “no.”
Republicans should demand an alternative. Dr, get some people on the horn and demand something to root for. It must get old constantly saying, “Yes, I want everyone to be insured, but I don’t like how you do it” without the ability to say, “And I think we could do it like this.”
Then maybe we could debate some of the merits of your ideas instead of the constant “Government sucks at running programs,” “No they don’t” back and forth.
Enjoy the reform push, ’cause it’s a comin’.
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