Healthcare Reform Seems Likely, but Not Unified

Sen. Ed Kennedy (D-Mass.) Speaking at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Sen. Ed Kennedy (D-Mass.) Speaking at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

A previous post titled Recession May be the Cure for Healthcare Reform suggested that timing for restructuring is ideal despite the sagging economy. Now with the passing of healthcare pioneer Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), a bipartisan reform bill would seem very likely, right?

On the contrary, it appears that Republicans are unwilling to work towards a bipartisan bill for healthcare reform. Some key GOP Republican leaders even have initiated fundraiser campaigns to stop “Obama-Care.”

While a bill most likely will be passed because of the Democratic majority in both Houses, it’s unfortunate that Republicans seem to be determined to stubbornly distance themselves from President Obama at every turn. Regardless of political party, the 2008 presidential election was about change and bipartisanship, at least in the minds of most Americans.

Continuing to be combative and less compromising will only hurt the Republicans in the long run. GOP leaders and Republican strategists should be communicating collaboration and solidarity rather than exclusivity or the Democratic majority will continue to grow.

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