Congress has not been doing their job for a long time and that has never been in question. With the exception of things like actions taken after 9/11 and the budgetary surplus handed down in 2001 we have as a nation not always looked at the profession of being a politician favorably. The reasons for this have most often emanated from Washington. It's only gotten worse over time and truthfully we have kept our hopes up high, but have been increasingly disappointed. Our current system has just not lived up to its promise with regards to two big parties being able to handle the needs and wants of a diverse society.
Politicians are attacking Medicare and Medicaid on all sides--Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama's national health care bill will slash hundreds of billions from Medicare over the next decade, an act supported by so-called "progressive" Democrats. Soon after this "victory" Obama created the Super Committee to balance the budget, which included automatic "triggers"-- if no decision was reached -- that are now slated to cut $600 billion more from Medicare.
On a state-by-state basis, Medicaid -- a program that provides health care to the poor -- is being cut in virtually every state, where they are using their manufactured budget crises as an excuse. This under-funding of Medicaid has created a lack of doctors for patients, according to USA today:
"With a shortage of doctors...[Medicaid] patients have little choice but to use hospital emergency rooms for more routine care." (July 5th, 2011).