The ACP Advocate Blog
by Bob Doherty
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
How the Grinch Stole Health Care
Tomorrow, the Senate is expected to pass its version of health care on a 60-40 party line vote. Visit our website to learn how the bill stacks up against ACP policies and to read the letter ACP sent to the Senate leadership.
Since the vote will be taking place on Christmas Eve, I have taken the liberty of borrowing from, and in the process, butchering much of the rhyme scheme, from Dr. Seuss's famous tale of the Grinch, casting the GOP in the role of doing everything it can to stop ObamaCare from coming. Please ... all of this is intended in good fun, not a partisan or political statement. I will be taking the rest of this week and next off, so I extend my best wishes to you and your loved ones for the happiest of holidays!
In the Senate
Wanted health care, a lot ...
But the GOP
Who sat to their right,
The GOP hated ObamaCare! The whole legislative season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be their base is far to the right.
It could be, perhaps, that money is tight,
But I think that the most likely reason of all
Is Republicans like their government small.
Whatever the reason,
Their base or their views,
They stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the bill,
Staring down with a sour, disapproving frown
They vowed they would slow the whole thing down.
"They're buying off votes!" they snarled with a sneer.
"Yet Obamacare is coming! It's practically here!"
Then they growled, with their fingers nervously drumming,
"We MUST find a way to keep health care from coming!"
For, tomorrow, they knew...
...The Dems in the Senate
Would wake up bright and early. And vote for the bill!
Then the Democrats, young and old, would sit down to a feast.
And they'd feast! And they'd feast!
And they'd FEAST! FEAST! FEAST! FEAST!
On taxpayers' dollars to feed the government beast
Which was something the GOP could not stand in the least!
And the more they thought of the Democrats winning,
The more they thought, "We must stop the whole thing!
Why all year long we've put up with it now!
We MUST stop ObamaCare from coming!
... But HOW?"
Then they got an idea!
An awful idea!
GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!
"We know just what to do!" They laughed in their throat.
“We'll stop them from ever taking a vote!"
And they chuckled, and clucked, "What a great GOP trick!
We'll filibuster the bill until they grow tired and sick!
"All we need is one Democrat ..."
They looked around.
But soon discovered there was none to be found.
Did that stop the GOP...?
No! They simply said,
"We'll make them read the bill instead!"
All 2000 pages, every chapter and verse
Sitting through that ... what could possibly be worse?
Then they took to the floor, with a smile most unpleasant,
Around the whole room, and demanded all be present!
Through a snowstorm! At night! You must all be here!
No matter how late! Whether far or near!
It was quarter past dawn ...
When the reading was done
But that wasn't the end of the GOP fun
They did everything they could to bring things to a halt
While telling the public it was the Democrats fault,
"Pooh-pooh to the Dems!" they were heard to be humming.
"At this rate they'll find no ObamaCare is coming!
They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
Then all the Dems in the Senate will all cry BOO-HOO!
"That's a noise," grinned the GOP,
"That we simply must hear!"
So they paused. And the GOP put a hand to their ears.
And they did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow ...
But the sound wasn't sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn't be so!
But it WAS merry! VERY!
They stared down at the Democrat side
The GOP popped their eyes!
Then they shook!
What they saw was a shocking surprise!
All 60 Democrats, from big states and small,
Had voted for the bill! Reid had gotten them all!
They HADN'T stopped ObamaCare from coming!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the GOP with their feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?
It came despite death panels! And Rush and Glenn!
Despite the Tea Parties and their angry young men!"
And they puzzled three hours, 'till their puzzler was sore.
Then they thought of something they hadn't before!
"Maybe ObamaCare," they thought, "means something more.
Maybe it would help to provide coverage to even the poor."
And what happened then...?
Well ... in Washington they say
That the GOP took heart
And vowed to fight on anyway!
"We can still kill the bill, if we just do it right,
We'll do it in conference, we'll continue this fight
Next year, we promise the voters, at least
...WE OURSELVES ...!
Can still slay the ObamaCare beast!"
Today's question: How will you be spending the holidays?
About the Author
Bob Doherty is Senior Vice President, American College of Physicians Government Affairs and Public Policy; Author of the ACP Advocate Blog
Email Bob Doherty: TheACPAdvocateblog@acponline.org.Follow @BobDohertyACP
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