Dear Mr. President:
I am writing to express my disappointment in the health care reform bill that is emerging from the Senate, thanks in part to what the White House did, or did not do.
News agencies have reported that your Chief of Staff has asked Sen. Reid to "cut a deal" with Sen. Lieberman, thus rewarding the latter's obstructionism and blackmail. Had the White House been as determined in enforcing the wishes of its progressive allies as it has been in enforcing those of the "wolves in sheep's clothing" we might have a bill to be proud of.
The White House will no doubt spin whatever reform emerges from Congress as a momentous event in our nation's history. What it is, instead, is a perfect summation of what is wrong in a country that sees no evil in spending billions of dollars on war while refusing to spend a fraction of that money on taking care of its own citizens.
The bill is a huge boon to insurance companies, who will see the ranks of its captive customers grow, while all meaningful cost control measures that could have infringed upon the industry's ability to make money at our expensive have been stripped out of the bill: no single payer, no public option, no Medicare buy-in, no drug reimportation...
It seems that in Washington D.C. no one knows the meaning of shame. Do you?
With great disappointment,