Posted by: Rick | Friday, September 25, 2009

Why I Stuck With Hillary Clinton Until The Bitter End

From CBS and The New York Times:

The poll finds that an overwhelming majority of 64% think Republicans are opposing Obama’s health care plans mostly for political reasons.   But it also finds that an equally large number, 65%, say Democrats shouldn’t pass a bill without Republicans — even if they think it’s right for the country — and should instead compromise to win over some GOPers.

Hmmmm. . . .Where do you think people got that stupid idea?  Oh, that’s right.  From Barack Obama.  It’s the politics of change!

I propose a new qualification for prospective Democratic nominees:  If the Republicans haven’t impeached your spouse or tried to put you behind bars, you have to stay in the playpen.  You’re not ready to mix it up with the big boys.

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  1. I disagree. I think the country does not like the idea of a pure democratic bill(remember liberal is still quite taboo in this country) and would be more satisfied in their minds if they could get a few moderate republicans like with the stimulus package. There needs to be more reporting about how the whole republican party(and a lot of the democratic party) is owned by the insurance lobby. But the mainstream media is corporately owned and that would not be popular. Instead “moderate” republicans and “blue dog” democrats are portrayed as the good guys reaching a compromise for the good of the american people. This process is going to start all over again when financial regulatory reform comes around. A lot of the congress is also bought by the financial industry and we probably will not get the strong reform we need there.

    • By loudly insisting that he was going to be bipartisan — and by insisting that Republicans had “good ideas” — Obama has painted himself into a corner.

      The Republicans have NO good ideas; they’re 100% corporate controlled. What’s more, they want Democrats to fail.

      The president is supposed to lead. On health care, it would have been much easier for Obama to build support for progressive health care reform — which is popular! — if he hadn’t rhetorically shackled himself to the GOP.

      It makes no sense to give your political and policy enemies a measure of credibility that they don’t deserve. The public is now clearly confused about what should be done next, and it’s largely Obama’s fault that they are.

  2. Sometime when large problems are broken down into pieces they become more manageable. In the case of healthcare, breaking down the challenges into separate issues and addressing them individually over time may help advance change. You may be able to reduce your opposition on each topic and drive public pressure for change with a focused effort.

    Here are a few comments from Newt Gingrich in a NPR interview. You may or may not agree with his politics or what his version healthcare change would look like. That’s not my point. It’s the process he is suggesting that may be wise for the current administration to consider.

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    Gingrich: I don’t believe it’s intellectually possible to take 18 percent of the economy, of the largest economy in the world — life and death for every individual — and, in one sweeping bill, change all of it. First of all, no one knows enough to do this; and second, you arouse so many opponents you just can’t get it done.

    Those of us who look at ‘What is a government-run system like?’, we come up with a much different sense of how dangerous it could be than people who happen to like big government.
    – Newt Gingrich
    I think if they would take — and this is what I suggested to Mrs. Clinton — if they would take five to seven smaller bills, take one on litigation reform to lower the cost of defensive medicine and to save billions of dollars; take one on fixing Medicare and Medicaid so we are not paying billions to crooks who are not delivering services; have one on prevention and wellness; have one on better practices.

    You could pass five to seven bills and, collectively, they would add up to an enormous amount of change.

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    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112656990

  3. Notwithstanding the opinions of Newt Gingrich, Medicare is a well run and wildly popular program. It has some problems, but it still delivers health care with a fraction of the overhead of our bloated private-insurance bureaucracies — who employ thousands of people solely to find ways NOT to pay legitimate claims. (That’s how they satisfy Wall Street.)

    Then there’s the Veterans Administration. It’s pure socialized medicine — and it’s the best system we have:

    http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9100/index1.html

    American health care is too dysfunctional for piecemeal solutions. Private insurers are afraid of the competition from government. And tort reform is a red herring. I don’t object to it, but studies show that it won’t have much impact.


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