OK, what are we waiting for?
If it wasn’t clear before yesterday, it sure is clear now: Republicans don’t want health care reform and they’re never going to agree to any legislation.
That was evident from the very beginning of yesterday’s health care summit, when the designated Republican speaker, Lamar Alexander, took the floor.
He attacked the House bill, the Senate bill, and President Obama’s proposals, without mentioning one thing in either proposal he agreed with. He demanded that Obama drop all three proposals and start from scratch. And he insisted that, even before the debate begin, Obama promise that Democrats would never use reconciliation to pass a health care bill.
In other words, Alexander said, we didn’t come to play. We came to kill. And that’s pretty much all we heard from Republicans all day long.
Republican after Republican talked about starting all over again. About only taking baby steps. About not being too hard on insurance companies. About letting the private market system work. And all that garbage.
Well, now we know where Republicans stand. And now we know where we go from here.
Forget bipartisanship. Forget the filibuster. Follow the rules of the Senate. Pass health care legislation with 51 Democratic votes. And get the job done.
That’s my parting shot for today.