Skip to main content

The Left's crazy, partisan reaction to John McCain's sanity

Good news this morning: the Senate has killed the latest misbegotten bill to make our nation's health care crisis worse by replacing Obamacare with something even more inadequate. But over at the hyper-partisan left-wing "Huffington Post," Howard Fineman nonetheless manages to find a reason to find fault with John McCain's eloquent plea for bipartisan sanity in the midst of the Republican urge to deprive millions of Americans of affordable healthcare for sterile ideological reasons.

Fineman starts out by praising both the speech and McCain's willingness to deal with people such as, well, Fineman himself.But like a true hyper-partisan, Fineman then goes on to knock McCain for having voted to allow the measure to be debated in the first place. Given the similar and equally odd response of The Atlantic, another dependable organ of the ideologically purist left, this seems to be the standard way Democratic partisans are going to treat McCain's behavior. That response ignores the fact that voting to allow debate on the bill was the only way to make it possible to amend and fix the measure, and assumes with the partisan, doctrinaire assurance that only a true ideologue can have that the ACA as it exists is the best of all possible worlds, and that its flaws- like the number of working Americans it leaves uninsured because they make too much to qualify for government help but too little to be able to pay for health care without it- are either inconsequential or certain to be replaced by worse ones in any bill which might conceivably be passed.

Except it's unsustainable. We can't pay for it. It's inefficient; private insurance companies are opting out at an alarming rate. And again, it fails to do the very thing it set out to do: to make affordable health insurance available to all Americans.

Now, it may well be that the present Congress will be unable to improve on the ACA. There is both an ideological bias and a partisan imperative pushing the Republicans in charge of both houses to do something inhumane when it comes to health care, and the crazy thing about the situation is that it is almost certain to come back and bite the Republicans if they do. Their own middle and lower-middle class voters are going to be among those any bill this Congress is likely to pass is going to hurt. The Trump movement, as I've observed before, contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction. No movement gathered around the personality of a demagogue and lacking any kind of philosophical consistency or even coherence is going to be able to avoid finally alienating its own supporters.

But in order to fix the glaring holes in Obamacare, it's necessary to try. That the article trashes Sen. McCain for doing that- and only that- is merely further evidence of the irrational partisanship which has hamstrung the government when it comes to doing the very thing McCain and a handful of others have striven bravely, patriotically, and wisely to do in the face of all the partisan wheel-spinning: work together with those in the opposite party to compromise and actually get something done to fix the problems the ideological crazies on both sides love to rave about and divide us over.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

McMullin, Kasich, Hickenlooper, Huntsman, or somebody else sane in 2020!

I don't expect to be disenfranchised in 2020. I'm looking forward to Evan McMullin running against President Trump and whatever left-wing extremist the Democrats nominate. McMullin may or may not run for the Senate next year, and he may or may not run for president as an independent again next time around, but the nation can't afford to lose its most eloquent and intelligent critic of the populist takeover of the Republican party and the Executive Branch. We need the man in public life.

But interesting alternatives have developed. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been mentioned as a potential primary challenger for Mr. Trump. I hope somebody continues the fight for the soul of my former party, even though I believe it to be a lost cause. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban is reportedly also considering a challenge to Mr. Trump. While I tend to see him at this point as somewhere to the left of where a candidate I would feel comfortable supporting might be, I would wish him well. Still, I see…

A modest proposal for a shocking innovation which is completely within the rules but which would, if adopted, revolutionize college football

I call it defense.

The idea- crazy as it may sound- is to supplement the scoring of points by your offense with an attempt to stop the other team from scoring them. Yeah, I know.  Really "out there," isn't it? But it has a history of winning not only games but championships. Modern college teams should try it more.

I'm a bit bummed about the Rose Bowl outcome but amused by the score. It seems that certain conferences aren't sure whether they're playing college football or high school basketball! I've noticed that in the scores of Sooner games. Last season the nation's college teams set a record by scoring an average of slightly more than 30 points each per game. That's a lot. Historically, that's a REAL lot.

The final score of the Rose Bowl was 54-48, though to be fair that was in double overtime. But to get there, the teams had to be tied 45-45 at the end of regulation! Last year was even worse. Southern Cal beat Penn State 52-49- in regulat…

Reflections on the present and future of my Blackhawks

As this season from hell creeps to its close at an excruciating pace and makes all of us devote more of our attention to spring training for the Cubs than we otherwise might, there are calls for the heads of Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman and even the greatest coach in Blackhawks history, Joel Quenneville.

No general manager or coach could have made Marian Hossa and Corey Crawford healthy or prevented Toews and Keith and Saad from having the worst seasons of their careers or foreseen that a series of trades most of which made perfect sense at the time wouldn't pan out. The Hawks are one season removed from the second-best regular season in their history. This will be the first time in a decade that they haven't made the playoffs.

With the exception of the Pens, maybe the Kings and (for different reasons) the Golden Knights, every other team in the NHL would kill to have won three Stanley Cups in the past decade. In fact, only the Hawks, the Pens, the Kings, the Wings, and the Brui…