StarTribune (Minnesota): Dear Reps. Paulsen, Emmer and Lewis: Spare us the crowing over your 'health' bill

Dear Reps. Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis:

Thank you so much for your news releases praising the passage of the American Health Care Act. This is the first time in my career that I have received political suicide notes from sitting members of Congress.

Congratulations for taking ownership of America’s health care crisis. As Rep. Emmer phrased it, “This is what President Trump campaigned on and what he asked for, and the House has delivered.”

Baltimore sage H.L. Mencken expressed similar sentiments in a different way: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

You gave us what we asked for, good and hard.

You campaigned on a health plan that was at best obtuse and at worst nonexistent and were elected. Now we see why it took you so long to come up with an alternative plan to the Affordable Care Act: Creating a piece of legislation this cynical, this mean-spirited and this catastrophic to so many of society’s most vulnerable, while setting up the richest Americans for a massive tax break, really takes some sweat equity.

Congressmen, you have all shown an ability to be compassionate and have all pledged to be independent when needed.