Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Democrats Defending Health Care Badly

Congressman Phil Hare (D-ILL)

The week after passing landmark healthcare reform and handing President Barack Obama an important victory, members of the U.S. Congress returned to their home districts for a recess to face constituents and justify their votes after the bruising legislative battle.

While Obama made flying visits across the country to tout the new legislation, a number of key Democrats, who led the charge for health care reform, seemed to keep a low profile and are doing little to beat the drum.
It’s Easter Break and do you know where your Democrat Congressman or Senator is? Because of the historic health care law which Democrats are singularly responsible for, back in their districts, Democrats are as scarce as Easter eggs on Sunday’s Easter egg hunt. (see article)

It’s not because of lack of preparation. Democrats have been coached by Democrat leadership that they must make a defense of their historic law.

Democratic party officials have reportedly warned their swing-district members that they cannot avoid talking about the health-care bill during the Easter recess:

“You don’t run away from this,” said one top party aide who has advised lawmakers and their staffs in the House about the recess strategy. “We have told them: ‘You need to go talk about it. You need to go out there and go on the offensive on it. You will not be able to turn public opinion immediately, but the key is your constituents understand your rationale for supporting it.’”—Daniel Foster

So far the only Democrat making a defense of health care is the Democrat who signed it into law and he’s doing it badly.

The president was having real trouble last weekend in Charlotte, N.C. attempting to defend health care but at least he was trying. In spite of the president's efforts the rank and file Democrats were running away from what they did to the America people.

However when they chose to show up they are ineffective advocates for health care reform, take for instance Democrat Congressman Phil Hare of Illinois. Back in his district the Congressman was asked where in the Constitution does Congress receive the authority to mandate health care for all Americans on the following video.

Notice that Congressman Hare did his best impression of president Soetoro but because he could be challenged on his misinformation ,Joe Wilson style, Congressman Hare “Jack rabbitted” true to his name (see 3:03min video)

Later the Congressman afraid that his very own words would condemn him before the American people attempted to claim that his words were taken out of context. (see 1:08min video)

No Congressman your words were not taken out of context and you are not helping your cause by attempting to lie about it. However if there is any solace the leader of the Democrat Party is having a hard time defending the new health care law himself.
Tomorrow 17 Minutes of non-Answer to a simple question

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