Health care reform is stepping, staggering forward.
Will the ugliness of the debate end? Unfortunately, it’s just as likely that the ugliness has just begun.
The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reported this morning on a shameful commentary from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK:
“What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight,” he said. “That’s what they ought to pray.”
Milbank relates Coburn’s comment to Sen. Robert Byrd, D-WV, who has been in ill health. Coburn watched expressionless as Byrd shouted “Aye” on the vote and pumped his arm triumphantly in the air, 60 votes assured to move the health care bill forward.
It’s really a challenge to listen to Coburn’s type of hateful speech from people who profess to be Christians. It’s difficult why they fail to understand how the parable of the Samaritan applies to assuring health care for their neighbors. No nonsense accepted about the Samaritan being an individual act of charity; Christ delivered the parable to enlighten a people not a person.