I fell in love with President Obama again today during the Health Care Summit. He stood out above the right vs. left politics that has frozen health care reform in the legislature.
By the end of the summit the Republicans looked ill. Perhaps they were just exhausted after being called out on their lies, like their fable that old people will lose their health insurance under reform. Pelosi called bullsh*t on that one.
The President was above so-called "politics as usual." He willingly acknowledged that health care reform may not be politically wise for Republicans, but he challenged them to do the right thing for the constituents who need reform most.
While the President shined, the Republicans looked sick.
CNN interrupted the broadcast several times to hear what their pundits had to say. It was terribly annoying.
The Republican pundits kept trying to say, "Americans don't want health care reform crammed through Congress." How out of touch can you get? Crammed through Congress? We are on month 13 of this debate -- this time around. The health care debate has been going on for decades.
Absurdity ensued inside the meeting too. John McCain had the audicity to claim the Senate needed 60 votes to have a majority.
The Republicans are so out of touch it is disturbing. They're trying to prevent reconciliation, a process that subverts the minority party's ability to hold up legislature through the filibuster. Reconciliation is a fancy word for majority rules. And no, John McCain, a majority is not 60 votes. It is at least 51 votes. You know, the same kind of majority that put the Democratic Party into office, and the same kind of majority of Americans that want health care reform.
Meanwhile, as Obama correctly pointed out over and over again today, "The Ameircan people don't care about process." The don't. They care about getting a bill through that will actually make a difference.
The Republicans stand warned. They can either be part of this historic legislation that will unquestionably save the lives of millions of people, or they can continue to be the mouth pieces for the multi-billion dollar insurance monopolies. Either way, the President is moving forward, the majority is moving forward, and the American people are moving forward.
And while we wait for the Republicans to try to spin their way out of the truth, I hope we get more of this Obama. I want him to continue to hold both parties accountable. No more BS, just open government and a legislative process that works. If he can continue to do that, he will easily get my vote in 2012.