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Our View - The people have spoken: Pay attention

Posted: January 22, 2010 5:13 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Praise be to the voters of Massachusetts who filled Ted Kennedy’s vacant Senate seat with — gasp — a Republican.

Scott Brown’s triumph robbed the Democrats of the bulletproof 60-seat supermajority they achieved with the confirmation of screaming liberal Al Franken’s narrow victory last year — effectively stopping the Senate version of Obamacare dead in its tracks.

North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy might still be “in the exercise of drawing meaning from the public disquiet,” but we think it’s pretty clear: The public doesn’t like it when one party in Congress tries to shove its agenda down the nation’s throat.

Health care is too important to too many Americans. The public can’t be expected to sit idly by while fools from one party or the other rush in and rewrite the rulebook to their exclusive liking.

Prior to the party-line passage of the House and Senate versions of Obamacare, we suggested there are several areas where Republicans and Democrats can agree. To recap:

Preexisting conditions
Insuring people with ongoing medical problems should be a cost of doing business in the medical insurance industry.

Portability
Americans should be able to purchase insurance across state lines.

Tort reform
We must be able to use the courts to get rid of incompetent doctors who take unnecessary risks. The trouble is, anyone can — and many people do — abuse the court system whenever they disagree with a doctor’s judgment. Wrongheaded and time-consuming lawsuits are driving too many good doctors to an early retirement.

Fraud
Eliminating waste, fraud and abuse is one of the Obama administration’s goals for health insurance reform. What’s he waiting for?

We conclude by saying: “When the last coffin nail is finally driven, we can only hope the Republicans and Democrats in Congress will sit down at the same table and start fixing what is actually broken.”

Thank you, Massachusetts voters.

Mr. Pomeroy, do you get it now?

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