(KCPW News) Senator Bob Bennett doesn’t think it’s good enough to kill the health care reform bill in Congress. He also wants to drive a stake through its heart and bury it.
That’s according to a campaign e-mail he sent out to his supporters Friday. It details the Republicans’ strategy of adding a “poison pill” amendment to the health care bill that would cause at least one Democrat to vote against it. The bill needs 60 votes in the Senate in order to avoid a filibuster.
In the e-mail, Bennett consistently refers to the bill as “Obamacare.” He accuses the president of wanting to “expand government into every aspect of our lives.”
Bennett is facing a number of challengers from within the GOP as he runs for a fourth term in 2010. They claim he isn’t conservative enough.
The full e-mail is quoted below:
“I can’t remember an issue that has generated more passionate opposition than the current health care proposal. The overwhelming majority of messages I’ve received have asked me to do everything I can to defeat the bill.
Of course, I’ve also gotten plenty of advice as to how to do that. Some say we should yell a lot louder about how terrible this bill really is. Others say we should stop offering or voting on amendments to “fix” the bill because we ought to be focused on killing it altogether.
With those suggestions in mind, I thought I’d spend a moment to provide an inside look as to what the real strategy is on how we hope to defeat the health care bill.
Believe me, we’re more than happy to turn up the volume in telling the world what’s wrong with this bill, and public opinion has definitely soured on Obamacare as a result. Every poll demonstrates clearly that the American people don’t want this, and the American people are absolutely right.
But public opposition isn’t enough. We may have the voters on our side on this issue, but we still don’t have the votes in Congress to prevail, even with unanimous Republican opposition.
The goal, then, is to convince a single senate Democrat – just one – to vote to kill this bill.
That can’t be accomplished by screaming at them. They’re not going to suddenly stop being liberals. Instead, what we’re doing is trying to receive votes on amendments that will be difficult for some moderate Democrats to oppose. We are trying to include a poison pill in the health care bill that will make it impossible for at least one Democrat to vote for it. We’ll take any Democrat. We’re not picky. We just need at least one.
We also recognize that they’re feeling a tremendous amount of heat from their side. This president has been in office for almost a year with no successes to show for it. For him, it’s no longer about solving the health care problem; it’s about scoring a political victory. He wants new momentum to expand government into every aspect of our lives. A defeat would be a devastating blow to the Democrats, and they know it.
That’s why I don’t want to “fix” Obamacare. It’s a disaster from start to finish. I want to kill it, bury it, and drive a stake through its heart so it never rises again.
Senator Bob Bennett
Bennett for U.S. Senate”