How Can the GOP Still Say No?
Well, as the final version of health reforn emerges, it sounds like it appeals to all of things Republicans talked about wanting to support and it does not have a public option-the one condition they made clear to their support. So the bill will get lots of GOP votes, right? Reality check: probably not one! So Grassley was right when he said he would not vote for it even if it had everything he wanted. How typical! This "say no to everything" GOP Party is getting ridiculous and I sure hope this strategy backfires.
Here's what MSNBC First Read had to say on the topic:
*** How many times can you say 'no'? While all the
attention is focused -- correctly -- on the tenuous Democratic
coalition as the president and Senate Dems attempt to get health care
passed, does the likelihood that the legislation WON’T include a public
option OR a Medicare buy-in mean that some Senate Republicans are
running out of reasons to oppose this bill? Isn't the legislation, as
it potentially stands, something that Snowe and Collins should be able
to support? What about Grassley? It may be that the politics of this
and the bitterness that's descended inside the Senate prevent anyone
from crossing party lines. But do Republicans risk looking totally like
obstructionists if some of their bigger concerns about the bill are
gone? Similarly, Republicans are criticizing the administration’s
decision to relocate Gitmo detainees -- to the president’s backyard of
Illinois (!!!). At some point, don’t Republicans have to agree (or at
least try to cut a deal) on something besides Afghanistan?