Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Clear, Partisan, And Clearly Partisan

At talkleft.com, Big Tent Democrat, who says he has "always found Bill Bradley to be the emptiest of empty suits," has flagged the column appearing in Saturday's New York Times by the former New Jersey Senator and (2000) aspirant for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In it, Bradley recommends "a grand bipartisan compromise (which) is still possible with health care."

Mr. Bradley, meet two of President Obama's favorite Republican Senators, Charles Grassley and Mike Enzi.

These are two of the three GOP members of the "Gang of Six," cited for helpfulness by the President, which has been working- er, pretending to work- on health care reform in the Senate Finance Committee. Therefore, it's of more than passing interest that Enzi, who gave the Repub response on Saturday to the President's weekly radio address, gave a statement (video below) on the floor the day after the Senate's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved its bill. Enzi claimed

The partisan HELP bill allows Washington bureaucrats to ration care. The bill lays the groundwork for a government takeover of health care giving Washington bureaucrats the power to prevent patients from seeing the doctor they choose and obtaining new and innovative medical therapies.

Grassley, the Iowa Republican who is the ranking member on the committee, has sent out a fundraising letter. As The Washington Post's Ezra Klein noted (pdf) on August 31 (two days after Bradley's piece appeared), Grassley writes

I'm sure you've been following this issue closely. If the legislation sponsored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives and Chairman Ted Kennedy in the Senate is passed it would be a pathway to a government takeover of the health care svstem. lt would turn over control of your health care decisions to a federal bureaucrat ... and take it away from you and your personal physician.

It would mean government rationing in the name of cost controls....

the simple truth is that I am and always have been opposed to the Obama administration's plan to nationalize health care. Period.

Always have been opposed to the Obama administration's plan. Not then. Not now. Always. Even Bill Bradley and Barack Obama probably don't need to get knocked over the head with a two-by-four to understand that.

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