All of the health care reform debate is really confusing to me and I'll admit that I'm not that well versed in the intricacies. By the time you throw Congressional procedures and protocols, insurance practices lingo, and a bunch of legal and medical terms into a mix, like a majority of Americans, my eyes glaze over slightly and my brain starts to hurt.
After Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced their would be a public option, the rumor mill had our Senator joining Lieberman in supporting a Republican filibuster and I wasn't surprised. Why? Like a lot of other Hoosiers, there's one nugget of information that I do know.
I know the Bayh fortune is built off the medical industry via Bayh's wife - who was paid to sit on the boards of several companies making big bucks off the status quo. Those same companies and related lobbyists have donated quite a bit to Bayh's campaigns. I know I don't trust Senator Bayh with health care reform - and his leadership of the Blue Dogs and their attempted hijacking of the legislation to water it down for the Republicans proves it.
Perhaps all the negative publicity surrounding Bayh's ties to the medical industry is starting to make a dent in the Senator's opposition to health care reform. After all, he's known for keeping his eye on the polls. Color me shocked when a few hours after a Research 2000 poll came out that showed that 54% of Democrats would be less likely to vote for Bayh in a primary if he voted to filibuster the public option, Bayh's office put out this clarification:
Senator Bayh will support moving forward to a health care debate on the Senate floor, where he will work hard to address his concerns and craft affordable legislation that reduces the deficit and lowers health care costs for Indiana families and small businesses.
The same poll showed that 52% of voters think Bayh's $1.5 million in campaign contributions from health and insurance interests hurt his judgment on health care. Yeah. You think? We already knew that.