Senator Whitehouse

Our own Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is praised on Washington Monthly blog.

But yesterday, Whitehouse didn’t hold back, blasting Senate Republicans for their “desperate, no-holds-barred mission of propaganda, falsehood, obstruction and fear.” He warned the GOP of a “day of judgment” by the electorate, which the senator said leaves Republicans “terrified.”

Whitehouse added, “When it turns out there are no death panels, when there is no bureaucrat between you and your doctor, when the ways your health care changes seem like a good deal to you, and a pretty smart idea, when the American public sees the discrepancy between what really is, and what they were told by the Republicans, there will be a reckoning. There will come a day of judgment about who was telling the truth.”

Glad I voted for him.

The bill we’re looking at is flawed and weak, and a huge disappointment, but I hope it passes. I was at a health reform demonstration, and a small business owner, middle-aged like me, said that Social Security and Medicare also started out small and weak. He hoped that passage would be a start, not the end of reform. I have to hope. There is no good alternative.

The present system is a mess that will get more expensive and exclusionary every year. But the proposed health care bill would come in as a mandate to buy into an insurance system that is dysfunctional. Dysfunctional, that is, in producing health over profits. It’s a painful dilemma.

I think the term ‘insurance reform’ led us down the wrong road. We don’t need insurance, we need access to health services. Insurance reform is a tiny step, I hope in the right direction.

I knew that Barack Obama would break my heart. It’s what politicians do. They politic. Expecting them not to is like expecting a dog not to bark. Politicians depend on the people to lead them. It would be a mistake to either think that the President will fix everything, or else that he has broken so many promises that we’ll just withdraw for four years.

The religious right does not wield power because our politicians are full of religious spirit– they wield power because they vote, and move votes.

Progressives have to do the same. Keep on calling, writing, blogging, demonstrating and especially–voting.

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One thought on “Senator Whitehouse

  1. My ribs are sore from laughing at the right’s hysterical overreaction to Shel’s speech – they sound Col. Renault protesting “I am shocked, shocked! to find illegal gambling going on here!”
    Your winnings, sir.

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