This week Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama will be calling my congressman, Tim Walz (D MN) to ask him to again support their poorly-designed health care bill. Walz, who grew up in Nebraska before following his wife back to Minnesota, was a high school teacher in Mankato, MN before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2006. Like many of his colleagues in the House of Representatives, Walz’ political health is gravely threatened by Obamacare.
The proposed health care plan that will come forward for a vote in the next couple of weeks doesn’t bring about increased competition among drug companies, pharmaceutical companies, or insurance companies; in fact, it protects their monopoly interests. It doesn’t advocate tort reform, but that’s not surprising in a congress that is full of lawyers. Now, when the country needs competition-based true health care reform, Obamacare just creates another Federal entitlement program at a time when the country is, simply, out of money.
As the Democrats attempt to push Obamacare down the throats of the American public, house members like Mr. Walz are being asked to bet their political futures on the Pelosi-Reid-Obama mantra. It is a bad bet. Mr. Walz has already lost that bet when he voted for the earlier version of Obamacare.
Like many of his colleagues in the house, Walz is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. If he votes for the latest version of Obamacare he will be reinstating his belief in bigger government, more spending and higher taxes. If he votes against the latest version of Obamacare he will be seen as “flip-flopping” to save his Congressional career, making him just another political whore. In either case, Walz has ended his Congressional career.
There are many in the House like Mr. Walz. History will show that like many of their fellow Americans they were swept up in the charisma of Mr. Obama, only later to realize his lack of leadership, sincerity, and competence. While the average Obama voter can camouflage the fact that he voted for Obama, members of the U.S. House of Representatives are on the record in their support of the Reid, Pelosi, Obama agenda. It is unlikely that by November 2, 2010 the economy will improve or that other issues will surface to distract the public from using common sense this time around. Mr. Walz, like many of his colleagues, is “on the record and out of the house.”