In the Race to Ram Through Health Care Reading the Bill is Just a Minor Detail

From the lash for Congress campaign…

(LAKE ZURICH, IL)– “Any big agreement is progress, even if we do not know any of the details.”

Do you believe that?

Those are the words of Sen. Bill Casey, (D-PA), but they could have just as easily come from Melissa Bean.

Big government, big spending Congressional Democrats like Rep. Bean have only one mission: impose the federal takeover of health care on the American people regardless of the “details” such as the impact on quality of care, new taxes on job-creating businesses, and a mountain of debt that will saddle future generations.

“Any big agreement is progress”? This is from the same crowd that would have us believe all “change” is good. The American people are learning the hard way that change can be positive or negative and, in fact, the details of legislation that would turn 1/6th of our economy over to the federal government are indeed important.

The details in this case, would be the actual bill which the members of the House and the American people have yet to see. Besides not knowing the contents of the final legislation, its price tag also remains a mystery, considering the Congressional Budget Office has yet provide estimates.

Despite these ‘minor’ details, President Obama said Wednesday that there is no time to spare and he wants the House to vote on the federal takeover of the nation’s health care system by March 18. And go-along-get-along party loyalists like Melissa Bean are in lockstep behind this ill-conceived idea-and have been from the beginning.

“I’m not in the camp that says the president is overly ambitious to take on health care,” said Bean. Source

On health care, Melissa Bean is doing what she has consistently done during her time in Congress: put the interests of her party above the interest of 8th district families.

The Chicago Tribune had this to say about the shady process and the rush to vote,

‘No wonder Americans are wary of this process. They’ve seen the backroom deals cut for votes in the Senate. They’ve seen Democratic leaders embrace a legislative maneuver to avoid Senate rules and jam through a purely partisan bill. And now they hear the president demanding a vote before the final language of a near-trillion-dollar package has been settled.

It’s hard to fathom how House Democrats, many of whom were reluctant from the start, can commit to this.

Democrats, do this in the daylight. You have time. You have in the past set artificial deadlines and then blown them.

Don’t give the American people talking points. Give them – heck, give your own members of Congress – the complete details and time to figure out what this will mean. Let your members cast a careful, informed vote.’ Source

Hard to fathom indeed. Will you tolerate Melissa Bean’s “Ready. Fire. Aim.” approach to something as important as the quality of your health care?

Joe Walsh believes that legislation that would profoundly alter health care in America requires that the details be put on the table and that the members of Congress and the American people have a reasonable time period to digest the information, reflect on the implications, and ensure that every question is answered and every concern is addressed.

Melissa Bean concedes that people have fears and concerns, “I’m hearing two-to-one that people want reform, but people have fears and concerns as to what it’s going to cost, and people want choice and control.” Source

And yet Bean was one of those party loyalists in Congress huddled with the President last week trying to figure out not what will be in the bill, but rather, to paraphrase Sen. Casey, how they ram this “big agreement” through Congress.

Politics over policy. Party over the people. It’s just another reason why we cannot afford Melissa Bean in Congress.

Joe Walsh is the Republican candidate running against Democrat incumbent Melissa Bean in 2010 for the Illinois 8th Congressional District. Born and raised in North Barrington, a policy advocate, teacher, and business entrepreneur, Joe has spent his adult life advancing limited-government and conservative principles. For more information on Joe Walsh and his campaign visit

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