Dear Representative Cantor:
For your sake and mine, I’m going to keep my point very simple. In a recent interview, you claimed that the Senate isn’t listening to the American people’s call to repeal the Affordable Care Act because the Senate won’t conduct a repeal vote on the House’s repeal bill.
While the problems with the GOP’s repeal effort are legion, I want to focus on two. First, you’re lying (and no, that’s not hyperbolic) when you and other GOP leaders continue to insist that the November election was a mandate for you to repeal the ACA. No, it wasn’t. Poll after poll after poll after poll after poll demonstrates beyond even the least shadow of a doubt that the citizenry as at best deeply divided about what it wants to happen with healthcare reform. But what’s abundantly clear from those polls is that almost NOBODY wants a full repeal. So when you passed a bill to repeal the bill fully, you flatly, flagrantly, ignored the will of the people you pretend to represent.
Second, given the number times Senate Republicans have blocked, held, threatened to filibuster, and otherwise derailed legislation, even legislation with extremely strong popular support (DADT repeal, 9/11 First Responders Care, the list goes on and on), don’t you think it’s just a little hypocritical to accuse Senate Democrats of refusing to take up legislation that is, in fact, not popular?
No, of course you don’t think that. Because you’re a myopic, dishonest attack dog that can’t see beyond the boundaries of your own twisted world.
As sincerely as I’ve meant anything,
Seth Kahn [thankful that I don’t live in a Congressional District that would elect you]