I’m a life-long Democrat who voted for Republican Scott Brown today, in the Massachusetts special election. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. Sadly, I don’t agree with very critical points of Brown’s politics. On the other hand, I felt it was the only option left for me to send a clear message to the Democratic leadership in Washington. My emails to my Democratic representatives have gone ignored.
I am still very much in favor of health insurance reform, but I am particularly opposed to the abomination of a bill that came out of the Senate. As far as I’m concerned, my vote today was intended as a warning shot across the bough.
My message to Washington … Focus on addressing the costs of health care. I even support a public option. But I’ll be damned if you continue to insist on an individual mandate.
For me, it is a matter of personal liberty. How can it be constitutional to require someone to buy health insurance? It’s one thing to require buying auto insurance if you drive a car. Quite another thing to require buying health insurance for simply being alive, particularly when the government wants us to buy it from for-profit companies, who are beholden to their shareholders. Go back to the drawing board.
In the meantime, I want the heads of the the Democratic Senators from Nebraska (Ben Nelson), Louisiana (Mary Landrieu), and Connecticut (Joe Lieberman). There comes a time when a politician needs to stand up and do the right thing, for the sake of our nation as a whole, and these particular three stand out as notable failures.