I hate sound bites. In her new 30-second TV ad, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has to reduce the biggest step toward universal health coverage for all Americans into "a trillion-dollar health care plan" that must be as bad and nasty as challenger Kristi Noem tells us.
SHS doesn't have time to explain to South Dakotans that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will save money and save lives. She doesn't have time to point out that the law stops Assurant from cancelling my daughter's insurance just because she gets sick and actually needs to use the insurance. She doesn't have time to note that thanks to this law, some 20,000 South Dakotans are getting $250 checks to cover the "doughnut hole" in the Medicare drug plan. SHS doesn't have time to educate South Dakotans as to what she plans to do next year in Congress to build on the successes of this law and pass legislation to work on cost containment.
Nope. All the Congresswoman has time for is to remind us that she voted against this historic bit of economic justice with a big smile on her face. Of course, she then has just enough time to show us a picture of her happy family, with little Zachary Lars toddling through the prairie grass.
Oh well. I guess I'll comfort myself with the delusion that SHS is just waiting for everyone to get back from the lake come fall. When she has everyone's attention, that's when she'll break out a can of leadership and explain to everyone why the health reform bill won't be repealed, why it shouldn't be repealed, and what she'll do to make it better in 2011... right? Right?!?!
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