Country Collectively Gasps In Shock As Congress Passes Actual Bipartisan Common Sense Bill

How ineffective has our Congress become? So ineffective that when both sides actually manage to work together to pass a common sense piece of legislation, it’s become “newsworthy.” Not that passing any sort of major bill isn’t worthy of making news, but the “story” coming from the recent passage of an overhaul to Medicare isn’t really what’s in the bill, just the fact that our Congress managed to accomplish something positive.


If you haven’t heard by now, both the House and Senate passed a bill recently that drastically changes the way Medicare pays doctors; it’s expected to save a lot of money going forward, and has been hailed as a common sense piece of legislation. Basically what the bill does is it pays doctors based on the quality and type of care they’re providing as opposed to just the quantity of it. The bill recently passed the Senate with a vote of 92-8 and is expected to be signed by President Obama as soon as possible.

The bill also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program for two years.

Naturally, both sides were quick to congratulate themselves for actually doing their jobs.

“It’s a solution to a broken Medicare payment system that has vexed congressional leaders of both parties for years,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “It would mean an end to the annual exercise of Congress passing a temporary fix to the problem one year and then coming right up to the very same cliff the next year, without actually solving the underlying problem.”

“We are legislating,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said last month when the House passed this bill. “We are working together to get the job done for the American people.”

Sadly, this is how low we’ve set the bar nowadays – lawmakers are literally bragging about the fact that they’re doing their job for once.

Now, I know some of you might be asking, “So, with such an overwhelmingly bipartisan supported bill, why were eight senators dumb enough to vote against it?”


Well, they all happened to be Republican. I know, everyone is absolutely shocked. And it just so happens that two of the senators who voted against this bipartisan bill were GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. That gives you an idea as to what kind of radical nonsense many of these Republican candidates are going to be running on in the upcoming months.

So don’t give me this “Democrats are the problem” nonsense. Here we had a bill that’s supported by the president and was overwhelmingly passed by both the House and Senate, yet the only eight senators to vote against it were Republicans, two of whom are presidential candidates.

The sad part is, the moment I saw eight senators voted against this bill, I knew Cruz was going to be one of them. It’s a pathetic state of affairs when a senator is so ridiculous that his idiocy is predictable.

But I guess we should give credit where credit is due and congratulate our Congress for making the bold and exciting move… to actually do their job.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Predictable idiocy is Cruz’s best trait. Without that, he’d be nothing

    • Randy Nichols

      idiocy? That narrative you like to always throw out at Republicans will not work on Cruz.. he is a lot smarter than any of your guys.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Yeah, just like Palin…. I’d like to see him demonstrate this intellect you attach to him before jumping off that bridge. Plus, if he’s so smart, why do the majority of his own party roll their eyes and sigh when he speaks out? He is punchline.

      • Randy Nichols

        Cruz was Ivy league debate champion…and Alan Dershowitz said he was most intelligent student he ever had. He has demonstrated that he well smarter than the talking heads on the news shows.. and he will demolish the others in the debates. I never seen anyone roll their eyes at him… I do know the republican establishment is against him which is an endorsement in my opinion. You do not seem to bright your self.. you believe propaganda and lies and since you are here I assume you think a comedian is a political commentator to be taken seriously

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Sure ditto head. Whatever lets you sleep at night.

      • Randy Nichols

        Ditto head LOL.. I get it now. you are a plant. You are just pretending to be a liberal to illustrate how stupid they are.. you are doing very good job. Oops sorry, I let your secret out.

      • Flat Banana

        Randy get use it from the people here, they resort to name calling when they have depleted their comebacks.

      • Randy Nichols

        Like William Buckley said, when you present facts to liberals it throws them into Liberal Mania…and they become irrational. It gets really funny sometimes, its like you toy, you wind them up and watch them spin out of control.

      • Brian

        One’s alma mater and status as a debate champion doesn’t make one smart. It means they are wealthy and good at fast talking. So far he has, through policy and speech, demonstrated he’s a total moron, liar,, and snake.

      • Randy Nichols

        You are so funny… and contradict yourself so much… like a dog chasing its tail. You make fun and belittle peoples education,depending on where then when they are educated in renowned university and was exceptional, then you say education doesn’t matter. You do yourself a disservice maintaining such a closed mind that you have to lie to even yourself to believe your positions… I must go now, since I am evil capitalist and believe in working for a living.

      • Brian

        I did not say a single thing you claim I did. You’ve proven my point about the merits of being a skilled debater. It’s not about being right, it’s simply about convincing others you are. The record is there. Cruz is a fool.
        Furthermore you have belittled me and shown yourself a hypocrite.

      • Randy Nichols

        Did you not say that his performance as a debate champion did not prove his intellect? Did you not say it was his families wealth and not his intellect that got him into Ivy League schools? You also did a good job of explaining why the left spins and spins… it is not about facts and being right it is all about the spinning and convincing those that don’t know… which represents the democrat voter. So which are you spinner or believer? Either way you have admitted you do not have facts on your side. Which leads us to Cruz, who also successfully argued cases in court including the Supreme Court of the US. In court, it is not like politics, you have to present facts, spin does not work in court. Same in a debate competition, if you are spinning, you are not winning.

      • Brian

        I don’t see your point other than “Cruz convinced a supreme court full of Bush appointees he was right so he must be smart!” That simply isn’t the case. So far Cruz has been caught in more lies than most other politicians, contradicts himself constantly, and has caused a government shutdown. The man is a complete moron and you’re touting an irrelevant record as evidence to the contrary.

        You continue to belittle me and make unfair assumptions about me. You’re kind of a prick, mate.

      • Randy Nichols

        If you just refuse to face facts because it goes against all you hold dear that is your choice. The left lies and they rely on people that do not know any better to believe those lies. I am sure you mean well and you really wish well for your fellow man, and they use that to convince you they are all about that. If you have to advance your cause with not facing reality then your house is built on sand. Since you can’t give one example to illustrate a Cruz lie, or anything at all to demonstrate Cruz’s lack of intelligence.

      • Brian

        This very website is brimming with demonstrations of Cruz’s idiocy and dishonesty. Just skim through it. You continue insulting me as well. This forces me to assume you know you’re wrong and don’t want to admit it.

      • Randy Nichols

        Seriously this website..REALLY? This is to liberal what World Net Daily is to conservatives. I only come here because it has the most extreme leftist fringe types. I hate to break it to you but this is not real news. There is no pretense of them even trying to present a balanced approach. It is all spin.. no news.

      • Flat Banana

        What does wealthy have to do with being a debate champion? Hillary and team consistently boasts about the money they receive from the 1%ers but yet they act like they cannot stand them.

      • Brian

        Wealthy has nothing to do with being a debate champion. Did you read the order I wrote those in? I did not think adding the word “respectively” was necessary…

      • Randy Nichols

        Hillary also loves the wealthy in foreign countries who contributes to her. She used her position as SOS to solicit money for her foundation.. that is why she set up private server, and why she will not release her emails.

      • Brian

        Prove it.

      • Randy Nichols

        She needs to prove she didn’t by releasing her emails. It is a fact, and she has reported because by law she has to that she received large sums of money from high level people in the Saudi Government, and China. You know her emails would show she solicited that money while SOS.

      • Brian

        That is not how the legal system works. Burden of proof is on the claimant.

      • Randy Nichols

        Why acting like you don’t understand? It is still facts that win, not spin, of course whoever can present facts in best light will most likely prevail, but still you can not spin your way through a court case no matter which side you are on.

  • Jim Bean

    Perhaps it became law because Harry was no longer in a position to prevent it and blame the Pubs?

  • Macdoodle

    Well now that Republicans control Congress we are finally seeing some progress.Look at all the bills Harry Reid trash canned because he refused to negotiate.Think of all the progress that will be made when we also have a Republican president in 2017.

    • Flat Banana

      Agreed, it is so new for the liberals to comprehend because for years the dems blocked everything.

  • Pipercat

    It passed because of good lobbying, not because of the partisan bullshit above and below…