Skip to comments.Sen. Jim Webb says health care debate has overheated
Posted on 08/28/2009 6:34:29 AM PDT by csvset
If Congress wants meaningful health care reform, its leaders must stop rushing to pass a bill and hold legislative hearings to air the pros and cons of specific proposals, U.S. Sen. Jim Webb said Thursday.
"My thought right now is to slow this down," the Virginia Democrat said. "Open it up. Have some hearings. Let people get their different viewpoints out in a very public way."
The problems today with angry people shouting at each other during community forums around the country and the confusion over what might be included in any health care overhaul have their roots in the Obama administration's failure to present a specific framework for reforms, he said.
Instead, the president has left to Congress the task of creating a proposal.
"We've got five different committees bubbling up legislation, and it's all supposed to come together," Webb said, but none of the panels have had Washington hearings in recent months.
While some of the issues with health care have been talked about for years, he said, there should be new hearings on specific proposals.
"By not having these hearings, I think we have encouraged the type of frustrated environment that's out there," Webb said during a meeting with The Virginian-Pilot's editorial board. The senator also spoke about the issue at a private Chamber of Commerce meeting in Norfolk.
"There's a lot of worry out there - a legitimate worry out there - that the government is going to stuff something down their throat in terms of the nature of the care they're going to receive," he said.
Webb has not scheduled any town hall gatherings with constituents to discuss health care because he doesn't believe they're necessary.
"We listen constantly. I don't need to go to a town hall meeting and have a thousand people screaming to say that we've been able to listen to them," he said. "We've responded to 34,000 pieces of mail and e-mail in our office on this issue."
Webb has said he favors overhauling health care to deal with rising prices and to provide coverage for people who are unable to get insurance. He has been supportive of a government insurance plan to compete with private insurance if it can lead to lower costs by competitive pricing.
He restated his desire to examine other systems as possible models for overhauling health care, including the Department of Veterans Affairs. Webb, who recently returned from a multi nation trip to Asia, said the United States also should take a harder look at health systems in Singapore and Switzerland.
Congress is scheduled to resume consideration of health care legislation when it returns Sept. 8 after a month long recess.
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“health care debate has overheated”
No, health care debate has UNDER THUNK!
The bill is a lemon any way you slice it ... er, make that a banana any way you split it.
I think this is a CYA situation.
If they stop now and say we are going to have VERY public hearings (without astro turf) then the elected politicians have cover.
HOWEVER THIS IS NOT ABOUT HEALTHCARE. Webb is trying to save his posterior. Obama is trying to divide and break up the USA.
Obama needs a divided country.
Obama needs an angry country.
Obama needs the USA to burn...
Virginia is having an election for governor. His side is losing. Therefore, he is only trying to pull some bacon out of the fire with those remarks.
That is a good assessment.
Obama likes division. He is the Ultimate Divider.
It has been a rare oddity that during August, it became clear the protesters knew more about HR3200 than did their Congress persons. The elected officials all seemed to be speaking from the same summary of the bill, which is wrong and apparently prepared by either the Speakers office or the WH.
If that doesn't heat up the discussion then shame on us!!!
“THIS IS NOT ABOUT HEALTHCARE.”
Amen to that. Our ELECTED ‘lawmakers’ didn’t even WRITE this bill!
What in GOD’S name are we doing even CONSIDERING such a piece of legislation???
After all the YEARS of both parties condemning ‘special interest’ groups involvement in DC, we now have those VERY groups WRITING OUR LEGISLATION?!?!?!
Time to THROW THE BUMS OUT!!! EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM.
In other words get the Government out of health care, do not pass this monstrousity no matter what is put into it or taken out of it. The temp won't drop as long as they try to pass an unconstitutional bill, and any health reform bill is unconstitutional. Ditto the taking over GM and Chrysler and the firing of a CEO of a private company by the government, all unconstitutional and Bozo should already have impeachment proceedings filed against him.
“Theres something really creepy about this guy!”
True, but he does have a hot wife.
So he’s back from chasing the little girls and boys in southeast Asia??? Damn! I was hoping he stepped on a pungi stick.
He is a coward, as is my Rep., Glenn Nye.
At least these two are holding meetings.
Reagan thought so too. That is why he was fired from his post as Secretary of the Navy. The only accomplishment he boasts about is making sure that David Robinson the Basketball Star, served out his military obligation before becoming a Professional Basketball player for the NBA.
He still can't come to accept the fact that Oliver North once defeated him in a boxing match while they were in the U.S. Naval Academy.
Virginia made a mistake.
So there are 'panels' after all.
“My thought right now is to slow this down, the Virginia Democrat said. Open it up.”
It’s already open, you dummy!
Jim Webb is a despicable excuse for a human being and I don’t think will win re-election.
No incumbants, period.
We have to show who’s in charge and some good will have to go with the bad I’m afraid.
Then we might get some quality in the gov. again instaed of the sh!t we have now.
From your lips to God’s ears. He is a gutless wonder (I know, I know, he was in Nam...*sigh*) who refuses to meet with his constituents because he isn’t up for re-election for a few years yet and thinks we will forget all about this. He met in Norfolk with “friendly” Chamber of Commerce people then had a softball interview with local press. Before that he was conducting foreign diplomacy in Singapore and such (Where was Hill?) yet never scheduled meetings with his constituents. He needs to GO!!!!!
This debate has only defrosted. You want REAL heat, as in white-hot fury? Then I dare you to pass this inhuman monstrosity. And do what you Dhimmicrats do best: cheat. If you can't get 51 votes via a simple majority, then change the rules to benefit yourselves. You scumbags do it all the time and are shameless about it.
Yeah - she’s number 4!