Shame On Former President Clinton

Recently President Obama called on former President Bill Clinton to speak to Senate Democrats about the pending health care proposal that recently passed the House. Let me just preface this conversation by explaining the importance of this piece of legislation. Health Care reform is a necessity, you will not find many to argue that point. The shape of the reform is the point of contention. This is legislation that deserves a careful look by our elected officials in Washington. This is a major deal and deserves a well thought out vote.

Instead of detailing the importance of getting a bill passed that creates an improved situation for the countless number of Americans that are currently uninsured, Mr. Clinton decided to focus on simply passing a bill. He took the opportunity to come to Capitol Hill as an opportunity to play politics with health care reform. I found this very shocking. Politico quoted Mr. Clinton as saying, “just pass the bill, even if it’s not exactly what you want..” I found this extremely disturbing. These are officials elected by the people to serve the best interest of the electorate. For someone that has held the highest office in the land to say that about such an important issue to Americans is disheartening. Mr. Clinton’s reasoning for his comment dealt with keeping the Republicans at bay. When health care reform failed during the Clinton administration, Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives the following year. I say so what. I want my legislators making an educated and well thought out vote as opposed to simply a political vote that doesn’t take the best interest of our country to heart.

It is my belief that this is what is wrong with our political system. Too many times members of the House or Senate are making votes simply with politics in mind as opposed to the impact it will have on their constituents. In addition to health care reform, we strongly need legislative reform. We need to see a new body of elected that put party affiliation on the back burner and stand up and vote for the people that put them there in the first place. Makes votes for our country and not votes for Republicans or Democratic platforms.

7 Responses

  1. Do you have the full article or quote? I couldn’t find it searching Politico’s website but i easily could have missed it. So you think its problematic for Bill Clinton to speak to members of his own party but its okay for lobbyists and insurance companies to give millions of dollars to politicians? Look how much money Baucus has taken from insurance companies!!! Is he representing his constituents? Or are his views being shaped by the hand that is feeding him? Maybe Max Baucus should have been the subject of your post.

  2. Also – its just my opinion that this whole issue is labeled incorrectly. Its niot about health care per se. That is to say, we aren’t talking about quality, we’re not talking about having more hospitals, or incentives for students to pursue medical and nursing degrees. We’re talking about access and programs for people to have access and when you scrape away all the rhetoric, what we’re talking about is……….INSURANCE COMPANIES. I wish our politicians would be accurate. We don’t need health care reform, we need insurance company reform!

    • I believe there is room for improvement in all aspects of health care. Our current quality of care does stand to be compromised with the addition of so many people into the health care system. These are people that currently are not seeking medical treatment due to lack of insurance coverage. If you add them into the category of insured, there needs to be something in place to ensure the proper number of medical professionals to handle this new influx of patients. I think this should be part of the debate and incentives should be given to ensure treatment will not be compromised due to lack of providers.

  3. I don’t necessarily agree with your characterization of Clinton’s words and motives. But that’s okay. 🙂 When he said, “just pass the bill” I don’t take that to mean just a pass a bill for the purpose of passing a bill and reaping political points with voters. He is coming from the perspective that no bill is the worst alternative. And that is you can only find agreement on 70 or 75% of the issues, then just pass that, i.e. don’t let disagreements kill the whole effort. This quote was further down in the article:

    “So it’s not important to be perfect here, it’s important to act, to move, to start the ball rolling, to claim the evident advantages that all these plans agree with, and whatever they can get the votes for, I’m gonna support,” Clinton told the senators. “I think it is good politics to pass this and to pass this as soon as they can. But I think the most important thing is it is the right thing for America. The worst thing to do is nothing.”

    • When health care reform failed during the Clinton White House, Republicans gained control of the House as I stated in the article. He is meeting with Senate Democrats and telling them that failure to pass a bill allows “the other guys to write history.” Having said that, when you take that statement and combine it with telling them to vote for the bill even if it isn’t what they necessarily want couldn’t mean to do what is right for America. It is to do what is right to keep a D majority in the Senate. Just my view, but that is what the Clinton dialogue seems to point to. I believe the members of Congress should take their time and ensure that what gets passed is actually something to be proud of, and one that will truly reform the industry.

      • There have only been 4 mid-term elections where the party in control of the White House has gained congressional seats: 1902, 1934, 1998 and 2002. Further, the election you refer to was the Contract With America. That was a movement that had its roots in REDUCING the size of government. That being the case, it would seem as though Republicans had success in the Congressional elections, not because the Democrats didn’t pass health reform, but because they tried to bring in universal health care. And afain, when taken in full context, it seems as thought he is telling the 60 senate D’s (or however many there are) that it is impractical that all 60 of you will get exactly what you want – that’s impossible…but to find something you can all agree to live with and pass it because no actionj might be the worst thing. And that does not equate to politics. I would suggest the recipients of the millions of dollars being shelled out by insurance companies is much worse and more political. Amazingly there are numerous Republicans who don’t want hardworking americans to have acess to the same type of coverage their government job allows them to have. So for these so-called fiscal conservatives, its okay if the taxpayers pay for their benefits, but we can’t find a system to help out other less fortunate people??

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