I’ve always had a lot of respect for Senator Bob Dole. He is an
honest-to-God WWII hero, with two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with
the combat “V” – for his valor in attempting to assist a downed radio
man. In his service as a Congressman and Senator, he was widely
regarded as a man able to bridge the moderate and conservative wings of
the Republican Party. Since his retirement (and loss in the 1996
Presidential election), Dole has worked tirelessly on issues important
to him, such as restoring bipartisanship to government and combating
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Sen. Dole argues
that President Obama needs to hit the “reset” button on the health care
issue. Thus far, the President has let Congress hash it out amongst
themselves. Accusations and recriminations have flown both between
Democrats and Republicans and amongst themselves. Dole rightly points
out that the American people, as a result, are both confused and angry.
also have to agree with him that a party-line vote will not be credible
with the American public. I’ve been saying for a while now that we
need a uniquely American solution that targets the skyrocketing costs
and barriers to entry in the market, not a partisan solution. I think
incumbent Democrats and Republicans alike stand to lose if health care
reform falls apart yet again.
President Obama is the
commander-in-chief. The American people are looking to him to lead.
He needs to deliver with a policy proposal that he is willing to put
his own name on. He needs to clearly and decisively tell the American public what he thinks needs to be done and let his proposal be judged on its merits.