- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

By declining to seek re-election, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, avoids his otherwise inevitable “I am not a crook” speech (“Conn. Sen. Dodd to retire,” Web, Politics, Jan. 6). While most commentators focus on the 2010 elections, far more important and far closer in political timelines is the critical role Mr. Dodd has played in forcing Obamacare on an unreceptive public. His questionable ethical dealings with Countrywide, AIG, the Community Reinvestment Act and Obamacare should lead taxpayers as well as his fellow senators to wonder about going down with Mr. Dodd - not to mention with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who also appears likely to lose in 2010.

More important, policy analyses suggest that what Congress is considering is in reality “Politicalcare” for President Obama and his political base rather than true health care reform for all citizens. Most competent analysts (if they ever can find out what really is in the ever-shifting bill) think that what the Democrats have constructed is a more poorly gerrymandered and politicized health care system than the one we currently have. To take just one example, if Obamacare is passed, the federal government will end up with 10 major offices of women’s health and zero offices of men’s health. That is hardly gender equality in health care.

This leaves citizens and taxpayers with a critical question: Why should we support a bill that is widely believed to be utterly political in purpose, poor in quality, likely to bankrupt the country, and put together by a couple of senators of questionable ethics who soon will be out of office?

For the sake of ourselves, our children and our grandchildren - who will be left to pick up the pieces - just say no to Obamacare.

Gordon E. Finley

Professor of psychology

Florida International University

Miami

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