On health care, the Democrats are tone-deaf

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

If passing massive legislation along strict party lines constitutes "the normal process," E.J. Dionne Jr. ["The GOP's big health lie," op-ed, March 4] may be correct from the narrowest of procedural standpoints. But the unusual circumstances surrounding the vote on health-care reform highlight just how tone-deaf and desperate the Democrats are. They long ago abandoned any pretense of reflecting the will of the voters through a more bipartisan approach. Their -- and Mr. Dionne's -- emphasis upon the words and not the music of power will continue to bite them, just as it did in Massachusetts shortly after that "normal" Christmas Eve vote in which the Senate passed its far-reaching health-care bill.

Richard H. Lee, Cambridge, Mass.

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