Obama and Debate

In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama echoed earlier statements he’s made regarding the failure of a health care reform bill thus far in his administration.  He reiterated his belief that the reason Congress has been unsuccessful in garnering more public support for the bill is that the administration hasn’t done an adequate job of explaining it to the American people.

Congress and this administration have done everything they possibly can to keep the details of the legislation from the American people, including burying them in a 1,000 – 2,000 page bill (House, Senate).  According to David Axelrod, “And people will never know what’s in that bill until we pass it, the president signs it, and they have a whole range of new protections they never had before.”

The American people want the information up front and they want discussion and debate.  Let’s be real – the beauty of 60 votes in the Senate was that the Democrats could avoid all debate.

According to our president, “[Disagreements] are the very essence of our democracy.”  If he firmly believes this then it’s time to have a discussion based on the disagreements the majority of Americans have with his health care reform policies.

Stop treating us like children (“we know what’s best for you,” “you’ll appreciate it once you have it”) and start acting like the servants of the American people we’ve elected you to be.

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