The failure of Senate Republicans to rally enough support for a health care bill to replace Obamacare sparks a couple of questions.

First, how can the Republicans have claimed this was their number one priority for the past seven years without doing any advance planning on an acceptable alternative? They had to know whatever majority they might someday achieve wouldn’t be a large one. So they also had to know that if they chose to construct a bill without any participation by Democrats, unanimity in their own ranks would be a must.

Which leads to another question: Why did they exclude any input from Democrats? I understand the basic disagreements between the two parties, but the Senate is supposed to be a deliberative body – not a dictatorship. One party outnumbering the other 52 to 48 hardly means the views of the 48 should be disregarded.  

I believe many – maybe even most – Democratic senators are also aware of the shortcomings of Obamacare, and would like to see it improved. So why sacrifice their potential support by shunning them?

This ideological purity that’s infected our government – on both sides – has to stop.  The vast majority of Americans don’t want a Republican health care plan or a Democratic health care plan. They want a plan that serves everyone, and that can only happen by involving everyone in the discussion.

I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.