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No thanks on the bipartisanship
February 10, 2010 - Lee Smith
President Obama seems a little stunned these days over the change in his political fortunes. Despite rejection of his health care overhaul, among other things, he keeps pushing ahead, now inviting Republicans to an open forum in a couple weeks to work in a "bipartisan" way on the issue.
Well, from this citizen's point of view, the last thing I want is bipartisanship on health care. At least the way the president means it. The president's policies were rejected — by Republicans and members of his own party — for a reason. They stink. Yet he keeps talking about Republicans needing to move toward his position. Ah ... no.
The philosopher Ayn Rand noted that in any compromise between food and poison, it is only poison that can win. President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid are the architects of noxious health reforms that would change entirely the way Americans receive and pay for care. They can keep their cyanide.
Republicans should stick to their guns. Most Americans have health coverage and are satisfied with it. Tort reform may be helpful. Allowing insurers to sell across state lines could help. Reducing costly mandates in insurance policies would make insurance more affordable. These are some ideas that President Obama needs to embrace if HE wishes to be bipartisan.
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