And the very existence of the TEA Party tells you that some people know better--that is, that the Republicans are perfectly capable of craven pandering.
The House version of the Medicare prescription drug bill contained a provision backed by conservatives like former Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Pat Toomey – who is now the Republican nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania — that would have encouraged price competition between the traditional Medicare program and private plans starting in 2010.
But Republican leaders backed away from the House provision in order to win AARP’s backing and outmaneuver Democrats in the 2004 elections.
According to a March 2008 Congressional Research Service report, the 2003 Medicare reform hastened Medicare’s projected insolvency by making it happen in 2019 rather than 2026 under the then-current projections.
Yesterday I had a conversation with ANOTHER small business-owner who voiced the opinion that in the upcoming election we should schmeiss ALL the members of Congress.
Every. Single. One.
No surprise to me.