Both the Senate and House are finally getting ready to debate and vote on separate versions of health-care reform. Both bills fall short of what President Obama promised and the American people voted for last year.
President Obama repeatedly called for bipartisan reform that reduced Americans’ health-care costs. He called for a bipartisan, open process that included televising the entire process on C-SPAN. This, he said, would make the process transparent.
Unfortunately, the Senate majority leader and the House speaker rejected the president’s leadership. Instead, the two legislative leaders decided on a closed-door, partisan process. Now, two versions of health-care reform are on separate tracks for an ultimate bill that will not meet the bipartisan, cost-reducing goal set by our president.