Regarding the editorial Wasted opportunity; GOP could have improved health-care reform," (Herald, Dec. 30): You
obviously missed the point. Because the Democrats had 60 votes from the get-go, they didn't need help" in any shape or
form from the toothless Republicans.
Being both retired and interested, I have watched a lot of
C-SPAN, and with the serious exceptions of McCain, Graham, Thune and Sessions, the Republicans are a sad lot indeed. On
the other hand, the Republicans were dealing with a Senate leader," Harry Reid, who has broken all of Obama's promises
about transparency," moved his nefarious operations behind closed doors and left hapless Republicans totally in the
Further, when his 60 votes were in jeopardy, Reid acted like the cheap crook from Nevada he clearly is. He bought the
needed votes. How were the Republicans supposed to combat that level of corruption with 40 votes? Not possible, as the
GOP had no leverage.
For 10 months or so, just about every legitimate conservative in Congress had asked for inclusion of cross-state
availability of competing insurance plans in order to create real competition between insurance providers and,importantly, genuine tort reform as an aid to allowing physicians to practice offensive, rather than defensive,medicine. Reid wouldn't hear of it, thereby making it clear that there aren't any statesmen or women left in the
Democratic party, only putrid politicians bought and paid for by the trial lawyers' lobby.
Your supposition that by switching a few Republican votes over, the GOP could have bargained its ideas" is pure
speculation without foundation on your part. The Republicans never were in a position to garner more than 40 votes and
never could dictate terms" to Reid.
While I generally acknowledge that the Herald and its editors lean to the left, this pitiful effort to bail out the
Democrats regarding their role in this dreadful piece of destructive legislation is disingenuous at best, dishonest at
Sorry, despite your editorial, the Democrats remain on the hook for this terribly corrupt legislation.
Brian Van Mols,