The wise Senator Evan Bayh encouraged his fellow Democrats not to become ideologues. Even though the public voted his party in power to root out corruption and change the course of the disastrous Iraq War, Evan wants no quick moves. The avowed centrist is creating a Presidential exploratory committee.
Take health insurance as an example where the American people desire progress. 88% of Americans support employers expanding health coverage while President Bush and Congress have greased the skids for employers to actually provide less via high deductible health plans.
Evan Bayh is concerned about the rising cost of health care and wants give all Americans access to “quality, affordable health insurance”. Yet, nowhere does he mention the burden of the uninsured on hospitals and doctors.
61% of Americans support the government providing coverage to all people. Evan Bayh would likely consider this notion ideological and a bad idea. At least there is no evidence for his support on his web site. From my view, a tax credit for struggling small businesses or the poor to “purchase” health insurance is a distinctly conservative ideological position. Mr. Bayh’s history and views may be ideological after all. Where else have we seen an elected leader thumb his nose at national opinion in our democratic nation?