Will tomorrow’s health care summit get the historic attention it deserves? Will the problems of attainable health care and skyrocketing costs finally be solved?
This is going to be an opportunity for more than just Congress to get on the same page, but Main Stream Media (MSM) as well. It will also be a first look at what real Washington transparency should look like when our fate is decided by a chosen few.
Sensationalism and saturation were the guiding principles during the election campaigns, but will this important gathering get the same unbridled attention? Will MSM be taking names and breaking heads, making anyone that is not at least trying to legitimately move our country forward pay for it the way they crush anyone else that lands on their target list? Will FOX stay true to form and be against everything uttered from Obama’s mouth, will MSNBC or CNN play their own favorites? Time will soon tell if the word unbiased is the golden rule of news that it should be.
If MSM can make Joe the Plumber a household name, I would hope that when our opposing parties converge in Washington to grind out a solution to a problem that has plagued administrations for decades, they will be stepping up to the plate as well.
The theatrics have already started. Some prominent Republicans have already made up their minds that this whole thing is an exercise in futility. Words like “trap” and “non-starter” have been flying around since President Obama threw down the gauntlet of bipartisanship during the Super Bowl. Ridiculous issues like whether or not the President can stand at a podium, or must be seated at eye level with the rest of the attendees so as not to have a perceived position of strength (this is our President, right?) are actually topics of battle right now and I find that kind of small minded thinking distressing. I don’t care if they get together at a Denny’s and hash it out over some hash browns and eggs. I don’t care if it’s done in a big circle around a campfire with everyone sitting Indian style, just get it done and put America first for once.
If anyone thinks this is a trap, they don’t have any ideas. If anyone thinks this is a non-starter unless it starts with a blank page, they are an obstructionist. Seems pretty simple to me. Both sides should get over themselves and finally put the American people first instead of any silly partisan point scoring or career maneuvering. Democrats better go into this thing with an open mind as well, or the repercussions they could suffer in November from the fallout could be severe. America is tired of the playground antics and if good, tangible ideas to finally end the stalemate come from the Republican corner, Democrats better embrace them. By the same token, if good, tangible ideas come from the Democratic corner to bridge the divide, the same holds true of the Republicans. No party can ever be allowed to trump the will of the people and Obama’s election crystallized where the majority of Americans want to go at this moment in time.
Any one foolish enough to say America has already spoken and resoundingly rejected health care reform must be living in an alternate plane of existence where John McCain is their president. For the rest of us, Thursday is going to be a grand test to see who deserves to be called a legislator and who the imposters are.
I’ll be watching the whole thing tomorrow and I’ll be back on Friday with my own take on who the winners and losers from both factions were. As long as America isn’t on the loser’s list again, I’ll be one happy clam.
See you Friday!