When it comes to health care, we think we’ve got Rep. Baron Hill figured out. In fact, we’re pretty sure we had him figured out last August when we wrote this:
Come on, admit it. You aren’t surprised, either. Hill’s MO is always the same: Make sure everyone knows you have “strong concerns” but don’t take an official stance on anything, then at the last minute vote the way the Speaker tells you to. We’re pretty sure Hill twists his own arm at this point, just to save Nancy the trouble.
We wrote that after Hill said he had problems with the health care bill before the Energy and Commerce committee he sits on, but then he voted for it without hesitation. For those keeping score at home: Baron Hill was against it before he was for it.
A few months later, and after assurances that he still had “strong concerns”, Baron Hill had no problem voting the health care reform bill out of the House. For those keeping score at home: Baron Hill was against it before he was for it before he was against it before he was for it.
So imagine how hard we had to feign surprise today when we read this in the Columbus Republic:
“My vote on a final bill is dependent upon several factors, many of which are in limbo and could be contained in the measure rectifying the House and Senate bills,” Hill said in a press release.
Guess who has concerns again? Anyone wanna bet on how it will turn out? Even Evan Bayh doesn’t waffle this much. By the time all is said and done, we’ll be able to point out that Baron Hill was against it before he was for it before he was against it before he was for it before he was against it before he was for it.
Dizzy yet? Us too. Baron Hill supporters may point out that Baron Hill was never really against it, he just had concerns that needed to be addressed. To that we say: Exactly. Baron Hill never really was against this bill. So why can’t he just be honest with his constituents and tell them that, instead of going through this predictable charade at every step of the process?
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The never ending flip-flop: Baron Hill shows John Kerry how it’s done
From Frugal Hoosiers: