To the editor:
In response to Dr. Steven Bruner’s letter (Public Forum, Jan. 29), I would first like to say I don’t agree with the “Sunday morning pundits” that health care reform is dead. Overwhelming percentages of Americans disapprove of the current version of reform, but given today’s political landscape it would not surprise me to see the administration attempt to impose their will anyway.
As one who has read as much of the bills as I can find online (not an easy task even with this transparent administration), it appears to me the current version is withering away for only one reason: It’s bad policy!
Not one Republican vote was needed (until recently) to pass this behemoth, pork-laden, albatross of a bill. Yet, according to the pundits, it was “lying Republicans” and a “fickle and misinformed public” responsible for its demise.
This attitude is precisely what drove the election results in Massachusetts, and will continue to do so in the 2010 midterm election. The typical voter is tired of the condescending remarks from representatives supposedly elected to represent us. When we disagree on the content of the bill, we are told by politicians we are not intelligent enough to know what is good for us.
I, for one, am happy for the groundswell of grass-roots support that is going to unseat a sizable number of politicians who have forgotten their purpose in Washington.