Today the House of Representatives held a premature vote regarding the American Health Care Act.
They did not wait for the Congressional Budget Office to report on the possible cost and other ramifications of the proposed legislation.
News reports suggest that most (if not all) members of Congress did not even bother to read the entire bill before voting.
The vote was almost entirely a straight party-line vote. Only twenty Republicans voted against the bill, along with all Democrats.
After the vote, they celebrated. Apparently they had beer on hand before the vote even took place.
I think it is safe to say, these members of Congress did not have the best interests of the country in mind when they acted.
Their action was never really about health care, although if the legislation goes forward, many stand to suffer.
No. This was all about winning. Our side versus your side. Republicans versus Democrats. Rich versus Poor. Healthy versus Sick. Us versus Them.
How did we get here? Why are we so divided that we cannot look beyond a label and do what is right? More importantly, how do we fix it? I wish I had the answer.
Today, 217 members of Congress played with our lives when they voted for this bill which was rushed through the process without proper research, thought, or consideration of constituents’ opinions. They acted irresponsibly and out of selfish interest. I support the defeat of every one of those 217 Congressmen and Congresswomen when they come up for reelection in 2018.