Am I being too harsh? In this climate, no frigging way. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) announced today that he was planning on voting no on the current health care legislation unless they “fix it.”
He’s looking for more aid in the form of increased Medicare spending in rural areas. DeFazio happens to represent a rural area of Oregon. Will President Obama step up and get Democrat leaders to change the reconciliation act to ensure more cash gets poured into Oregon’s 4th district?
DeFazio announced his opposition shortly after Ohio Rep. John Boccieri, also a Democrat, announced that he will switch his vote to yes, temporarily putting Pelosi within one vote of what she needs. …
DeFazio, who voted for the bill last year, complicated things for Democratic leaders. But he indicated he could still change his mind again.
“I’m a no unless they fix this,” he said, referring to what he sees as insufficient Medicare spending in rural areas.
Symptom of the bloody disease people!
Morrissey notes …
Say what you will about the ObamaCare debate, but it has had at least one effect — we’ve learned the names of a lot more Congressmen than in the past.
I’m not exactly certain this is a good thing. More press for these congress-critters is exactly what they want … notoriety and power.
I’d prefer we hear less about the congress-critters and we learn more locally about our representatives at the state level and – heaven forbid – our town council members and school board members. That is where the power should lie.