Scott Murphy Shows His Rookie Stripes

Scott Murphy

In a single weekend, Representative Scott Murphy affirmed his status as a rookie politician, succumbed to the bully tactics prevalent in the Obama administration, and subverted the will of his constituents – by saying ‘yes’ to a healthcare overhaul at which the American people have clearly shouted ‘No!’

In a recent interview with the Times Union, Murphy explained his change of heart, calling the final healthcare package “much more fiscally conservative.”

Associating conservatism with a bill that will hijack roughly 1/6th of the entire U.S. economy can only be explained by political naivety, and a reliance on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) fuzzy math.  The CBO report essentially utilizes mathematical wizardry to surmise that the reform legislation will reduce the deficit by $138 billion.  This conclusion is provably false.

First, the budget office is required to take the written word in the bill at face value.  For example, the bill includes an assumed cut in Medicare spending in the amount of $463 billion, a wholly impossible feat for a program already hemorrhaging red ink.  Because this amount is written as a factor in the bill, it is assumed to be true for the sake of the CBO report.  This is the equivalent of setting up a personal budget, and including a winning lottery ticket into the bottom line – yes it puts that Florida vacation within reach but no, it’s not going to happen.  The CBO report itself has also emphasized that their findings are merely preliminary and do not reflect the bill that will pass.

Second, the former director of the CBO has himself revealed a peek at the shell game being played by his former office and the current administration:

“In reality, if you strip out all the gimmicks and budgetary games and rework the calculus, a wholly different picture emerges:  The healthcare reform legislation would raise, not lower, federal deficits, by $562 billion.”

Additionally, Murphy praises the new bill for shifting “the balance of power from insurance companies to patients,” repeating the Democrat talking points that paint insurance companies as some sort of evil empire.  There is of course, no truth to the assumption of overwhelming power and profitability for the insurance industry.  In fact, health insurers ranked 35th in profitability, earning a mere 2.2 cents for every dollar of gross sales.  George Will recently simplified the reality, stating that “confiscate(ing) all the profits of all the health insurance companies, with these profits you could finance our healthcare for 48 hours.  What you do for the next 363 days I don’t know.”

So how is it that Scott Murphy fell victim to ‘gimmicks and budgetary games?’  Inexperience for sure, but there is more at play here and it involves the current Chicago-style politics being played in Washington.

The entire healthcare reform process has been littered with shady deals, bribery, and strong-armed tactics.  This past weekend has been no different, with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, on the hunt for members of the Democratic Party concerned with Medicare.  Murphy himself had hailed the new bill as a “much more aggressive approach” to slashing Medicare waste – but only after the New York Daily News had reported that he was quickly collared on the House floor by Pelosi.  The discussion?  As one source stated:

“She doesn’t have to threaten anyone…  Nancy helps you understand there might be a problem later on with a bill that you want.”

In other words, vote ‘yes’ or else. 

The news isn’t all dismal though, as Murphy clearly has the support of Citizen Action (CA).  Pleased with the cave-in, Chris Scoville of CA said, “We are so glad to see him come around and do the fiscally responsible thing…  the majority of his district will be very pleased.”

Not exactly the kind of endorsement a responsible politician would hope for.  Citizen Action has worked in tandem with the Working Families Party (WFP) – the same party along with Democrats embroiled in a massive voter fraud case in upstate New York – and the uber corrupt ACORN outfit. 

Will, as Scoville asserts, a majority of his district be very pleased?  Will they stand behind a man who would so easily succumb to threats from the administration, organizations like MoveOn.org, and powerful Union bosses such as those in SEIU?

Doug Muzzio, a Baruch College political scientist disagrees.  “If he votes yes,” he said, “a significant portion of his district is going to be angry with him.”  A statement seemingly more in tune with an overwhelmingly disapproving American public.

The real test will naturally come at the polls in November.  Will constituents in Scott Murphy’s district remember this blatant usurping of the people’s will?

Photo Credit:  Roske/AP

          Rusty Weiss is a political writer for NewsBusters.com, and has appeared in the American Thinker, and the Daily Caller.  He welcomes feedback at [email protected].