Monday, August 3, 2009

Video: Gerry Connolly Calls Out Obstructionist Republicans

With the discussion surrounding health care reform heating up, Rep. Gerry Connolly took to the floor of the House of Representatives and called out the Republicans for being obstructionists. You'll notice that he even had a sign with Sen. Jim DeMint's waterloo quote to help illustrate how the Republicans have put politics before the best interests of the American public on this issue. As Gerry put it, this "is simple, chilling and deeply troubling."

While we all might have some differences over how to implement health care reform, I think most reasonable people would agree that we need to put solutions before a partisan agenda. Clearly most of the Republican members of Congress don't seem to grasp this concept and I'm glad to see that more and more people are calling them out on their obstructionist behavior.

Here's the video of Rep. Connolly calling out the GOP. The full transcript of his speech is below the video.

Mister Speaker,

When our friends on the other side of the aisle decide in advance to oppose ANY health care reform bill they are putting politics ahead of the American people.

• Guaranteeing coverage for preexisting conditions – which affect 45 percent of insured Americans – they’re against it.

• Closing the prescription drug doughnut hole for seniors – they’re against it.

• Protecting families from the costs of a catastrophic illness – they’re against it.

• Half a trillion in Medicare / Medicaid savings – they’re against it.

• A plan of their own – they’re against that, too.

Why, Mister Speaker, why a uniform opposition to all reform, all savings, all extended coverage?

The answer is simple, chilling and deeply troubling. Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina put it bluntly: “If we’re able to stop Obama on health care, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

At least the distinguished Senator from South Carolina is honest about the Republican agenda. It is not about a substantive critique. It is all about politics. A calculated, cynical strategy to derail real reform of a broken health care system – reform that can benefit every American family and small business.

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