For those of you that have ever accused Republicans of not caring, you’re wrong. See, they do care. They care about killing everything that is potentially good. They care about stopping every proposal that comes from the White House. They care about getting back in power, regardless of how they do it. Finally, they care about their corporate masters and their profits. I can safely say, they do not care about you or me.
Hogwash you say? Ryan Grim delivers proof!
The Senate Republican leader made clear on Wednesday that his party, despite all its griping over the public health insurance option, abortion-funding or health care for illegal immigrants, is simply and flatly opposed to the "core" of the Democratic health care reform proposal.
Satisfying every Republican demand short of scrapping the entire project, said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would still not capture GOP support.
"Senator Kyl and some of the others have talked about some of the things that are happening in committee," McConnell told reporters, referring to Senate Finance Committee Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona.
"But the core point is this: At the end of the day, if the government plan is either in the bill or out of the bill, whether they will be able to argue successfully or not whether tax funds are gonna be provided for abortion, whether or not they will be able to argue at the end that dollars for health care for illegals is in or out, what we do know is what the core of the bill is going to look like. We know that for sure," he said.
And the bottom line, said McConnell, is that Republicans don't like the bill at all.
See, it doesn’t matter what’s in it. They don’t want it. Any of it. Why wouldn’t they want a healthy America? Why wouldn’t they want lower costs? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s because Republicans like their campaign contributions fat like their constituents. I have a vision of a conversation between Republicans and insurance execs that goes something like this:
Aetna: Yo! McConnell! We got a fat sack of cash with your name on it! You want it?
McConnell: Hells yeah!
Aetna: Well, look…I called my bitches and we have that room that you like…you know, the one with the bed…
McConnell: Fuck yes! I know the room with the bed!
Aetna: We know you do! What do you say we dump that fat sack of cash on that bed you like so much and you and the bitches roll around in it for a couple of hours?
McConnell: I’ll be right over!
Aetna: Oh, and Mitch, make sure you kill reform, ok?
McConnell: Oh, please! And sell out my homies? Come on! We’re tight! What-fuckin-ever!
Aetna: Just makin’ sure.
It’s time to ignore these obstructionists and get down to business. Bipartisanship requires honest negotiations on both sides. It’s obvious that they’re not going to play fair. The truth is, they no longer matter.