This morning on NPR, Steve Inskeep interviewed Senator Richard Durbin regarding the healthcare legislation currently before Congress. The conversation moved towards the potential use of the reconciliation strategy that would allow congressional democrats to pass healthcare legislation with a mere 51 votes in the Senate.
After some generalities were discussed, Inskeep asked a very direct question: Even knowing that the majority of Americans are opposed to this legislation, will you pass this using reconciliation?
His response: I hope it doesn’t come to that.
Seriously? Inskeep, not satisfied with the answer, asked the question again. This time Durbin basically said that Americans may be scared of it now but the legislation will benefit them in the end.
Wow. Regardless of how you view healthcare reform, this is a problem. Is this the attitude we want our elected representatives to have? This is a problem that is true on every level of government and is particularly of interest in Kentucky right now as the 2010 General Assembly is under way. Take the time to learn about what is going on in Frankfort and contact your representative to tell them how you feel about legislation that is important to you.