Sen. Coburn's (little blue) poison pills
Republicans have made it known that they will stop at nothing to "kill the bill." That is, the sweeping health-care bill that is now law. Some are pursuing a repeal effort. Others are moving down a more crafty route. Take Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). He issued a list of nine amendments to the reconciliation bill that are designed for maximum embarrassment. The one that has gotten the most attention is "No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs To Sex Offenders." If Democrats vote against the measure, they'll be portrayed as being in bed with child molesters and other perverts. If they vote for it and the measure gets approved, those "fixes" the House approved with fanfare last weekend would have to go back to the House for yet another vote. These amendments took a lot of time to craft. Would that the Republicans had expended as much energy coming up with real proposals during health-care negotiations as they did these poison pills.
| March 24, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
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