It is not simply the Republican Party -- much less some mythical monster of slavery-loving Republican terror -- which is stopping Harry Reid and his posse from passing his beloved monstrosity of a bill. No, the people in his way are ordinary Americans, the same ones who rallied at town hall meetings, who are fighting to preserve their independence in their health decisions and to keep our country from piling on even more debt.
The Republicans are not arguing, as Reid seems to suggest, that our health insurance system is above reform, or -- heaven help us -- that we are better off with several million people with limited access to health care. No, the Republicans, in concert with the American people, are arguing that this proposed reform is no reform at all, and it will only serve to make our country, and our health care system, worse off than it is now.
Many have asked Sen. Reid to apologize for his crass remarks, something he has adamantly refused to do. Me? His comments were undeniably arrogant, foolish, and undeserved. But if we're going to push for an apology, let's push for the ones we really need to hear.
Let's ask Sen. Reid to apologize for ramming an unwieldy, bureaucratic nightmare of a "reform" bill down the throats of the American people without taking the time to look beyond his liberal talking points for a real solution to the problems.
Let's ask Sen. Reid to apologize for spending more time behind closed doors playing political games than transparently addressing and debating different aspects of this proposal with the American public.
And then let's ask Sen. Reid to work with us to find an alternative solution which won't ration our medical care, weaken our economy, and remove our choices. This country deserves better than what Sen. Reid and the Democratic Party have been offering.