Common's not so common

January 28, 2010

The President's State of the Union speech last night talked a lot about the economy and jobs. I'm glad that his focus might finally be changing to those things that the American people really need. There was one thing he said that struck a chord with me. He said, "It's time for something new. Let's try common sense." It's amazing to me that the last item on the list, the thing to do when all else has failed, the outside of the box thinking, the "something new" to try, is common sense. I think that statement reveals a lot about the state of the current Administration and Congress.

In my January 19th Message posted below, I listed some common sense questions and comments regarding health care reform that the President and the Congress should have been listening to a full year ago. The President indicated in his speech last night that he was open to ideas from both sides of the aisle. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell offered some ideas last night in the Republican response to the State of the Union address. He said:

"All Americans agree, we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and high quality. But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government. Republicans in Congress have offered legislation to reform health care, without shifting Medicaid costs to the states, without cutting Medicare, and without raising your taxes. We will do that by implementing common sense reforms, like letting families and businesses buy health insurance policies across state lines, and ending frivolous lawsuits against doctors and hospitals that drive up the cost of your healthcare. And our solutions aren't thousand-page bills that no one has fully read, after being crafted behind closed doors with special interests. In fact, many of our proposals are available online at"

There's that phrase again, common sense. These common sense solutions have been proposed from the beginning of the health care debate. I indicated these would be good solutions in my message below posted two days ago.

It's time to act- after watching the speech last night it became very evident that the President doesn't have a communication problem, he has a solution problem. I ask the President and Congress to give common sense a try. They might be surprised how quickly the American people will rally around this "new" approach.

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