Partisan Bickering Disservice to Nation

As explained above, many members of the House of Representatives want to forestall implementation of a proposal that would increase costs for the Medicare program, while forcing many older Americans to leave their own residences and go to nursing homes. To a reasonable mind, preventing the change seems the responsible thing to do.

The lawmakers’ proposal, the SAVE Medicare Home Health Act of 2014, has 24 co-sponsors – all Republicans. Not a single Democrat in the House has signed up in support of the measure.

If enacted, the bill would block implementation of a plan by the administration of President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

Lawmakers in a president’s party often avoid opposing him. But in matters such as that at hand, taking that stance does a disservice to constituents.

Clearly, ultra-partisanship in Congress is not serving the nation well. As long as Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., control lawmakers in their party, that unproductive situation will continue.