by Jeter, Tue Jul 15, 2008 at 10:04:05 PM EDT
This is a press release directly from Senator Reid's office. I don't know what media you have been watching, but the MSM seems to be covering the "perception that Obama is weaker on foreign policy issues" in deference to a whole lot of news. I just saw another story about The New Yorker cover, Yankee fans booing both George Steinbrenner and members of the Boston Red Sox, and the hot weather coming. Not a word about who or what PUMA is. It's a drama card that could be played right around the Democratic Convention coverage time, and I won't care about it then either. But the MSM will play it. Will anyone really care about it then? Those who are getting caught up in the intrigue and suspense might want to read this press release that comes complete with a history of issues that tell us what Americans really care about, especially Democrats. Read it before the story about Madonna's brother's book takes over the news cycle.
Oh, and there is a God, or some version of a news cycle deity, if you will. The stories about dogs being given SSRIs to avoid a lifetime of chasing their own tails seems to have played itself out. I mean, do these people not know about the power of a hot dog to resolve most canine issues, at least temporarily?This press release is why I'm a Democrat, and will always be a Democrat. I don't care about lockstep blog entries or dissenting posts. Free speech rights give us all the tools to say some really ridiculous and sometimes incredibly stupid and occasionally wise things. They also give groups of eight to 27 people the right to speak and issue press releases about things no one actually cares about except those 8 to 27 people and the pathetic journalist or pundit or programming manager trying to create content to sell advertising. I care that people are smart enough to realize that McCain and his Republican colleagues want to take us back to pre-Medicare days. We would not just lose any type of patchwork healthcare safety net.
Washington, DC--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted to overwhelmingly override President Bush's veto of the Medicare doctor's fix, thus reversing payment cuts for doctors and improving care for patients. The House also overrode the President's veto earlier today.
"Congress today did its part to make sure the President's stubborn opposition to the millions of American seniors and veterans who rely on Medicare does not stand. Refusing to respect the will of the American people or its elected representatives, the President vetoed a bipartisan bill passed overwhelmingly by both houses. We wasted no time in reversing the President's carelessness and protecting our nation's doctors and the patients they treat - and this responsible and overdue Medicare fix is now law.
"It may have taken just one flourish of a pen to affix the name `Lyndon Baines Johnson' to the law that created Medicare in 1965. But that one pen stroke created a program that has come to reflect a bedrock American principle: that all those seniors who have worked hard - and all those who need a helping hand - will find themselves embraced by the care of our compassionate nation.
"And though Medicare was created by a Democratic Congress and a Democratic President, that principle has always been anchored far too deep in our soil for the roots of partisanship to entangle. When the program has been threatened, Democrats and Republicans have risen to the occasion to protect it.
"So it was last month, when the House of Representatives approved the `doctor's fix' by an overwhelming vote of 355-59. So it was last week, when Senator Kennedy led a veto-proof majority of all Democrats and 18 Republicans voting yes. So it was earlier today, when the House voted to override President Bush's veto, 383-41. So it must be now, as we follow suit to reject the veto and place this legislation into law.
"On the July day in 1965 when President Johnson signed the original Medicare bill, he said this:
`Just think, because of this document - and the long years of struggle which so many have put into creating it - in this town, and a thousand other towns like it, there are men and women in pain who will now find ease.
`There are those, alone in suffering who will now hear the sound of some approaching footsteps coming to help.
`There are those fearing the terrible darkness of despairing poverty - despite their long years of labor and expectation - who will now look up to see the light of hope and realization.'
"Since the day President Johnson handed the very first Medicare card to President Truman, hundreds of millions of senior citizens and people with disabilities have received their own card. Each new card issued strengthens our commitment to the health and well-being of our most vulnerable. Now it is our turn to do our part - to renew the light of hope for those who need our help the most."