Late Sunday night, I found an blog post on the website of CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition, that is meant to increase excitement in immigrants about the passing of the House health care bill. The title reads, “U.S. Congress Passes Historic Bipartisan Health Care Reform Bill.” You can read it by clicking on the title. I would suggest this. I will wait here.
As a political advisor, and writer, I find myself scouring the Internet on a regular basis for articles and information that I deal with current political issues. From time to time, I will find one that will cause me to slap my head with frustration. Usually, these articles tend to have a title like, “President Bush is a Lizard Man in Disguise.” In this case, this article, which is meant to guide immigrants to this country, gives a horribly misleading picture of what has happened.
One would expect that a website that was set up to encourage people to realize the rights that were due to an immigrant would have some kind of basic understanding of the United States government. One would figure that if an organization like CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition, was going to report about an issue that would effect immigrants, like the passing of the House health care bill, they would report that topic in an educated manner.
I will not look down on anyone that read this post and not notice the issues that I am banging my head into a wall about. I understand that there are many people that would not have the keen eye that I have for picking out issues like this. I understand, now, that CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition, that they obviously must not have the keen eye that I do for picking out issues in reporting about the passing of the House health care bill.
First off, CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition, states that this was a, “Bipartisan bill.” A bipartisan bill is one that would have equal support between both major parties in government. Both the Democrats and Republicans in government would have to agree on the bill. The passing of the House health care bill was accomplished by having a strong majority of Democrat’s votes, and one Republican vote. That does not make this a bipartisan vote, or bill.
Secondly, the title states that Congress had passed the House health care bill. There are two governmental bodies that make up Congress. One is the House of Representatives, and the other is the Senate. The blog points out that the Senate still has to vote on it.
I am not going to point out that this article has a strong tinge towards one political party over the other. I am not going to question any of the other postings that one might find on the website of CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition. I am not going to question the ramifications of the possible misreporting the passing of the House health care bill. I am going to leave these assumptions to the reader. I am simply want you to ask, “why?”