Although political debates have always involved political theater, it seems as though that’s all of today’s political debate consists of. The majority of the democratic party is trying to have an honest political debate about how to solve our nation’s problems, but the republican party would rather just say no and resort to name calling and point fingers instead. The health care political debate is one of the best examples of just how bi-partisan the republican party has become. There arguments have contained mostly lies and accusations about the democratic president’s intent. There have been many instances where President Obama has taken some of their ideas and used them in bills. This happened with health care and economic reform as well as legislation for job creation. Since going along with this would mean that they are siding with the president, they choose to attack the president on using their own ideas. The political debates of today are lacking substance and this needs to change if we are going to fix our nation’s problems.
• The health care political debates has brought out the worst in some our country’s elected officials. Covering our citizens with quality affordable health insurance is an issue that must happen soon and be taken seriously. Instead the political debate that took place during the coarse of President Obama’s first year in office made a mockery of what it is the most important issue to many Americans. President Obama asked both houses of congress to get together and come up with the best ways to provide the most Americans with quality health insurance, while keeping costs down and eliminating discrimination that many health insurance companies practice. Many political debates were held. However, almost none of those political debates were productive. The democratic party came up with the solution in which the government would provide an alternative health insurance option. This would not only create competition, but it would also force the insurance companies to improve their care and lower their premiums. It is a simple concept, if insurance companies did not improve care or lower costs, the American people would use the government option. This concept is not complicated and although details would have to be worked out, the overall plan makes sense. The republican party immediately started calling President Obama and the democratic party “socialists” claiming they just wanted to grow government. This is what was repeated over and over during the political debates. Many democrats in response would suggest that if they did not think the government option was a good plan, then provide an alternative. No republican alternative was ever given.
The political debate over health care needs some serious substance and it needs it quickly. Americans are loosing their homes and their lives due to the flaws of our system. We are one the most advanced countries in the world, yet we cannot provide quality care to our citizens. If the republicans are against the proposed plan, they should suggest an alternative. Currently, the republican leaders have been on record saying that they will only contribute to the debate if the administration is willing to start over. Not many people see the benefit in doing that. The president has and continues to welcome any ideas that accomplish the goal of covering as many Americans as possible while lowering costs and improving care. It is situations like this that show how corrupt some of our politicians can be. Many of them receive large amounts of money from health insurance companies to help run their campaigns and they are not willing to end that relationship