If you care about the health care debate and vote on the bill happening tonight, I would highly recommend watching C-Span today. It is incredible television and right now they are showing a taped interview with Rep. Devin Nunes from CA who is talking about the Democrats being a totalitarian regime and that it is silly to suggest the Republicans are acting in a partisan way.
In response to yesterday’s racial slurs directed at a couple of Congressman, he said this (paraphrasing): ‘Well that is what happens when you have a totalitarian government and people are free to express themselves.’ ASTOUNDING! He says these things and the interviewer does not even question his sanity. This guy epitomizes what has happened to some of our government and politics; it has become a breeding ground for ignorance and a complete lack of honesty and substance.
I honestly cannot believe we have someone in Congress who can say things like this and not even be called out for it. Come on C-Span, you should be better than CNN and all the other MSM sellouts!
UPDATE: He just said, “As much as we want insurance for everyone, it just cannot happen.” This guy is fascinating in his incoherence and insanity! This is the best reality show I have ever seen! I am just upset that I cannot call in (taped interview) and give this guy a piece of my mind.
2:08 (CT) – They are back on the floor debating and are discussing the special provisions like the “Cornhusker Kickback” and “Louisiana Purchase” (as the GOP calls them), but those provisions will not be included in the final bill.
2:30 – Loved this line from Rep. Scott (GA): ‘Opponents have said that we need to be aware of what will happen to us in November if we vote for this bill. But that is not the question: The question is what will happen to the American people if we do not vote for this bill.’
3:04 – Rep. Stupak (MI) is now holding his press conference. CNN just reported that President Obama will issue an executive order to provide “cover” for those Democrats who are leery of voting on the bill because of the Senate bill’s language on abortion. The bill does not allow federal funds to be used for abortion services as written, but because of how it is written some people are leery.
Stupak is speaking as I type and he is saying that an agreement has been reached to ensure no public funding for abortions are included in this bill. He just confirmed the executive order to “reinforce” their principle and though he has not said it explicitly, it appears he will be voting “Yay” tonight.
Rep. Kaptur (OH) is now speaking to something I wrote yesterday, which is that this bill will actually help reduce abortions by providing more quality and accessible healthcare. Thank you!
More Reps. speaking but it is clear they will be supporting the bill tonight. I think this means that the bill will pass. What a day.
8:55 – We are getting very close to the vote. Minority Leader Boehner and Speaker Pelosi will speak in the next few minutes and then the vote will commence. This is such an exciting moment and I think no matter where you stand in the debate, you cannot deny the historic nature of what we are witnessing. Pretty cool.
9:09 – Boehner is speaking now and is quite animated and pulling out all the hyperbolic stops. He and his Republican colleagues have kept a consistent theme today, which can be summarized as follows: This is the people’s house, the people do not want the bill, the bill will do all sorts of horrible things to us (playing up the fear like they always do), we are destroying our government with this bill, and we must therefore kill the bill.
It is hard for me to understand how most objective and reasonable people cannot observe not just today’s charade, but what the Republicans have pulled for the last year, and not come to the conclusion that their sole aim is to thwart the President in the hopes of bringing about his demise. That is why the attacks have been as ridiculous as they have been; that is why they’ve referred to reform as Obamacare all along, even though Obama had little to do with the bill until a few months ago; and that is why they have done everything they could to “threaten” wavering Democrats into voting against the bill. They know what it will mean for the Democrats and President Obama and how difficult it will be to campaign against a law that will benefit so many Americans.
9:15 – Pelosi is speaking now and asserts health care is an unalienable right and thanks Obama for his leadership (more political theatre). She seems to be selling the Democratic party and its policies to the American public right now; is March too early to start campaigning for this fall?
She is now selling the bill as a boon to our economy and a means to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid. I’ll be back for the final vote.