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.
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