Dean calls it: Kill the health care bill

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean said what needed to be said Tuesday, telling a Vermont Public Radio interviewer that the so-called health care “reform” bill is hopelessly flawed by all the compromises and should be killed.

“This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” Dean said. “Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.”

President Barack Obama’s White House went ballistic, shifting their anger from efforts by maverick independent Joe Liebermann to scuttle the bill to Dean, who carries a lot of weight with the left side of the Democratic Party.

Typical. Someone finally has the guts to stand up and said let’s kill this bastard bill before it becomes law and makes a bad situation worse and they want to chop off his legs.

Dean is right. Health care reform is a joke. The bill now in the Senate is a bloated, budget-busting monster that will end up screwing Americans even more than the reaming they get now from insurance companies. There’s no reform in this bill, only capitulation to lobbyists. There’s no meat, just table scraps for Americans who need substance.

Obama went to the Senate again Tuesday to try and shore up support among recalcitrant Democrats and emerged to say “we’re on the precipice” of real reform of the health care reform.

Christ, is this guy on crack? Reform died a long time ago, stomped to death by Gucci-clad lobbyists and members of Congress and a White House they own.

Obama’s claim was as clueless as it was astonishing, a flagrant example of political pandering that has nothing to do with truth, reform or change — things he promised to bring to government.

What we need is a death panel for health care legislation, a decision to pull the plug on this brain-dead joke of a bill. It’s time to abort the health care baby to save the life of the mother.

Sadly, that won’t happen. Obama is determined to make health care legislation a centerpiece of his Presidency, even accepting a flawed bill.

By doing so, he continues to abandon his promises of change. Obama the reform candidate morphed into Obama the status-quo President. Reform? We don’t need no stinkin’ reform. It might make the fatcat special interests mad and God knows we can’t have that.

If Obama and the faux leaders of the Democratic Party want to identify someone to blame for this debacle, they should just look in the mirror.

It’s past time to kill the health care bill. The reform it promised died a long time ago.