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In a true reflection of America’s bipolar politics, one Nevada senator fights to pass his health care reform bill, while the other Nevada senator rallies Americans to “rise up and kill this bill.”
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) told KKOH News Radio in Reno that there’s still hope to kill the massive health care reform bill pushed by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), if people don’t get complacent.
“This is a terrible piece of legislation,” Ensign warned listeners. “The problem with health care is skyrocketing costs, and this bill does nothing to fix that.”
Ensign cited a laundry list of well-known problems with the bill, including large Medicare cuts, earmarks to pay for some states’ health care costs (bribes Sen. Reid offered in return for votes) and an unconstitutional mandate that forces all Americans to purchase insurance, even if they don’t need it.
“We need to kill this bill and start over, and we need to do it in a bi-partisan manner. The only thing bi-partisan is right now is the fight: they’re for it, we’re against it.”
Ensign spoke encouragingly to northern Nevadans, who tend to vote more conservatively than their liberal counterparts in southern Nevada. “This bill absolutely can be stopped. We only need 1 vote to change in the Senate, or 2 votes in the House.”
Ensign reminded Nevada listeners, “There are 70 Democrats who represent red districts that voted for McCain in the election. Those representatives are nervous right now… Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) is one of those members in a tough district.”
“If people across America put enough pressure on their elected representatives, we can kill this,” Ensign said. ” If they rise up, I absolutely believe this bill can be stopped.”
“But if America becomes complacent and gives up, this bill will pass,” he warned.
This article is part of two series, Fight for the Right America and Inside Harry’s Head.
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