Looks like the politics of “Yes” beats the politics of “No.” Yesterday, Arizona Sen. John McCain tried to scuttle health care reform by offering an amendment to the Senate bill now being debated.
He wanted to strip out using savings from cutting Medicare waste and duplicated testing as part of the moneys needed for the proposed health care reforms. That was defeated 58-42.
Then Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet offered an amendment that preserved the reform funding plan, but guaranteed current Medicare benefits for seniors would not be cut. In fact, the viability of the Medicare program would be enhanced. AARP and other advocates for seniors enthusiastically supported it. Bennet's amendment passed 100-0. Hooray for the new politics! Yes beats no every time.
– Jim Engelking