Obama keeps speaking of bipartisan support as if it is something that is important to him. Then why I ask is he not willing to compromise on some of his core initiatives? During the brief stimulus debate there was talk of a bipartisan effort, but the Dems ended up forging ahead with a Bill that was finalized in the middle of the night that left opposing views out of the discussion. Now we are on to health care and we are seeing a similar approach emerge. Obama speaks of bipartisanship and listening to opposing views, but let me ask you this, where has Obama compromised with respect to his plan? Does he not realize that to truely compromise one needs to be willing to meet someone near the middle and with respect to major aspects of the health care reform. Obama has laid out his plan in high level terms and he has not deviated from that original outline. Well come on Mr. President, if you truly want bipartisanship you need to be willing to compromise on some of the major aspects of your health care proposals. After all, no one is saying that we don't need health care reform, we are just disagreeing on how to deliver health care reform. Can't we please find the middle ground?
Finding the middle ground makes a lot of sense. Finding middle ground or at least compromising on some of the major aspects of this proposed legislation would permit both sides to claim some success and would at least guarantee that we have some form of health care reform. One the initial legislation compromised legislation is in place we could see what works and what does not and enhance the programs with additional provisions down the road. That approach makes a lot of sense, how many people just jump into a major decision without weighing the options and starting small? With something this large in terms of our tax dollars and this important to our citizens, we can't afford to get it wrong.
One thing I fear is that the two sides have become so polarized that there is no longer room for compromise. I heard a news report about one town hall meeting where it was clear that persons opposing this particular health care reform far outweighed the number that were supporting the plan. After listening to the viewpoints, the member of Congress that has holding the town hall meeting stated that the opposition's views were formulated on a poor understanding of the Bill and that if they truly understood the Bill that most Americans would support the Bill. So obviously this Member was unwilling to listen, he had just heard from many of his constituents that were against the Bill and yet his view is that they just don't understand. I fear that is where we are with the debate, that both sides are simply unwilling to listen and try to understand the opposition's viewpoints and without that we will not have compromise.