When you really don’t want health care reform to happen but are simulating being constructive, sometimes you get hoisted on your own petard. That’s what happened to Senator Enzi, (R-WY), the ranking Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) during Monday’s markup session on the health care bill. At the opening of the hearing, Senator Dodd asked Sen. Enzi if he were willing to accept by unanimous consent 64 Republican amendments and 13 Democratic amendments. After conferring with an aide, a visibly discomfited Enzi was forced to admit that the Republicans were requiring a vote on their own amendments, and therefore would not accept them. Go figure.
I’m disgusted that this kind of partisan political chicanery is happening on an issue of such personal importance to me. Surprised? No. Unfortunately, that’s what politics has become in this country. But there are too many people in this country, both Republicans and Democrats, who are going into bankruptcy and losing their homes because of health care problems. It should be a bipartisan issue.
Whatever your problems with Dodd, one thing is clear: he is working his butt off to get health care reform off the ground.