Here we are twelve days before Christmas and Democrats want to overhaul our nation’s health care system before members adjourn to celebrate the holiday with their kith and kin. Problem is they don’t have a draft of the bill they can share with Senate Republicans, indeed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn’t even shown a copy to his own deputy, Richard Durbin, the Number Two Democrat in the United States Senate:
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin admitted Friday that he is “in the dark” about the national health care bill currently under construction by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In an exchange on the Senate floor, Republican Sen. John McCain asked Durbin, “Should we not at least be informed as to what the proposal is that the Senate Majority Leader is going to propose to the entire Senate?” Durbin’s answer: “I would say to the senator from Arizona that I am in the dark almost as much as he is, and I am in the leadership.” Durbin explained that during a Democratic caucus, Reid and the small group of senators involved in crafting the bill turned to their fellow Democrats and “basically stood and said, ‘We are sorry, we can’t tell you in detail what was involved.’”
They haven’t even told their own partisan colleagues what’s involved. Maybe Reid can’t share a copy with Durbin because even he doesn’t know what’s (to be?) included.
Let’s see, then, our elected representatives haven’t seen the bill and don’t really know what’s in it. And in the fewer than two weeks before Christmas, they want to vote on this while the American people are busy doing their holiday shopping and otherwise preparing for various religious solstice festivals. Seems like a way of slipping one past us.
Kudos to Senator McCain for pressing his Illinois colleague on the contents of this legislation. And kudos to Mr. Durbin for his honesty. He has helped expose an emerging reality of this past year of Democratic governance. Keeping us all in the dark. A more transparent government, this ain’t.