(This is an article I was asked to write for a website. I was given the headline and asked to write around 400-500 words. The final, edited product, appears here: http://bit.ly/9ZFNm0)
Washington, DC – With the mid-term elections quickly approaching, Democratic Senators and Congressmen have begun to lament not including a few key provisions in the monumental health care bill that they passed earlier this year. The bill, which was passed solely on the support of Democrats, includes numerous facets that were meant to ease the burden of health care on the middle class. It was declared partisan by Republicans as their support was not even asked for in passing it while Democrats painted them as enemies of the middle class. However, Democrats are beginning to regret the omission of end of career consultation from the bill.
Democrats believe that their jobs have been put in danger due to smear tactics by Republicans who are trying to sully the name of the bill. The fear that is sweeping congress’s majority party is that their majority may be thoroughly eroded or even lost in November during the mid term elections.
“Our jobs are on the line,” said Senator Russ Feingold (D, WI). “What am I supposed to do if I can’t try to reach across the aisle everyday? I don’t know how I’ll get by…I haven’t worked at a real job since 1985!” Feingold then added, “not that this isn’t a real job, but I still get paid even when I don’t show up and we get vacations like teachers. That’s pretty good.”
Feingold is not the only Senator who believes that the provision would have come in handy for them this November. Ironically, political backlash that originated with this very bill has put Democratic seats across the nation in jeopardy. The Tea Party and other influential political organizations believe that this bill has constituted a socialistic approach to health care, and they have begun to be very vocal about their dissatisfaction with the government.
“I think it shows that the very brief honeymoon with Obama is over,” said Christine O’Donnell, the Republican Senatorial candidate from Delaware. “My deficit in a Democratic stronghold isn’t that big, and I used to dabble in witchcraft and am against masturbation. I’m overcoming a lot of odds here!”
Representative Chet Edwards (D, TX-17), who is currently behind in the polls and in danger of losing his seat, agreed with Feingold.
“This is a tough time for anyone, I can’t imagine being out of work,” Edwards told gathered reporters. “If we had just included this in the bill, then people that are out of work could be consulted on how badly things are going for them, us included.”
When asked if he realized that this consultation was only for those that were at the end of their careers, not those currently unemployed, Edwards said that they should have added consultation for everyone to the bill. “That would have made those unemployed people complain a hell of a lot less, I’ll tell ya. Well, complain publicly that is.” Edwards added.
Jason Altmire (D, PA-4) was able to sum up the thoughts of the Democratic camp. “If we lose, we lose. While the public may disagree, we did a great job this year and got some tough legislation passed,” Altmire said. “This won’t be the end of the world. I think we’ll get by without this career counseling. Wouldn’t it be worse if we had to be consulted on the options that we had for end of life care?”