From where I'm sitting, these seem to be reasonable. I don't think that convicted rapists and child molesters should have "we the people" paying for drugs to treat erectile dysfunction. I think that members of Congress should not be able to exclude themselves from laws that they want us peons/peasants/serfs to follow. I think that the third one, regarding the taxation of households earning under $250,000 should be welcomed since it would ensure that at least one of Obama's promises to the American public would be kept since he's taken a punt on, well, everything else. Lastly, many states have laws in the works to that effect as well, so it would be nice but of course would derail that one payer thing that's most certainly on the horizon.
Among the Republican amendments defeated Wednesday were a measure from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to prevent convicted child molesters and rapists from getting reimbursed by the government for drugs to treat erectile dysfunction; an amendment from Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.) to require all members of Congress to enroll in Medicaid; a measure from Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) to certify that no households earning less than $250,000 will see increased taxes as a result of health care reform; and an amendment by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to certify that Americans will not have to change their health insurance as a result of the bill if they do not want to.
I think the Republicans are finally getting their game face on--finally. If they'd been doing this all along we wouldn't be in this frickin' mess in the first place. Can't wait until everyone comes back to their districts on holiday--maybe they'll catch a clue when they actually have to come face to face with the folks they've been ignoring for the past year.