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Aug 12, 2009 by JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
Advisory for President Barack Obama: history has not been kind to Presidents who tried to reform health care.
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Conversely some of our most famous and beloved presidents have neglected to care about that and do what's right anyway. Lincoln comes to mind with unpopular moves, but there's his memorial all the same..
Great and brave acts eventually have huge rewards.
Which is why Obama should not relent or waiver. It's reform now or probably eight more years of the sad jumble that is the status quo.
One man's great and brave act is another's colossal mistake. Bush did things he probably thought were great and brave, and he certainly was unpopular, but he was no Lincoln.
I don't think Obama has the courage to significantly overhaul health care. The American people have said they want everyone covered but not to pay any more, not to increase the deficit, and not change their current medical behaviors. Obama is trying to do that but it can't be done.
Why is this a quagmire? We are allowing it to be a quagmire. We all know health care needs some serious reform in this country. Once again this is about the health care industry doing all they can to stop any reform. The health care industry owns Congress and the politicians. As a result, they own us. Until we stand up to them and don't allow their scare tactics to work, we will never have any kind of reform. We get what we deserve…the richest country in the world with fast becoming third world health care. Most pitiful!!! I say kudos to Obama and his team to keep trying. He did an excellent job at the Town Hall meeting yesterday. It is time WE tell people who are obstructing these Town Hall meetings to sit down and listen. Be civil when commenting or asking questions. That is democracy, that is debating.
Mischaracterization. Obama and the Dems have been increasingly, “progressively” [snicker] reckless and rash and wrongful in what they've been seeking this year, and the health care effort (most notably the poor bill by the House and Obama's flirtations with quixotic behavior in dogged insistence on getting it or something like it passed in defiance of public opposition) here is simply the worst of what they've done so far. This is in no way the same as Johnson and the passage of Medicare during more bold, naive years.
“I don't think Obama has the courage to significantly overhaul health care.”
This is, in fact, the criticism from the extreme Left (who has no tolerance for any remnant neutered, manacled form of private health insurers), as well as obviously the Dems' response to ages of public opposition to radical overhaul (even though the most radical is appealing in elegant simplicity). That is why incrementalism rather than complete federal takeover is sought at this time, and explains the evasive and indirect nature of the effort as well as the favored nomenclature (“option”).
“The American people have said they want everyone covered but not to pay any more, not to increase the deficit, and not change their current medical behaviors. Obama is trying to do that but it can't be done.”
Rather than continue his staged campaigns that appeal to less and less other than the always easily fooled, he should have begun first with the entitlement reform (including Medicare, not only Social Security) that he insisted is necessary ([sigh] has been obvious for ages). (But do you trust the Dems to reform _entitlements_ when they'd rather expand them? Normal people say No.)
History isn't everything. Circumstances change and thereby changes attitudes. That having been said I think that real reform is dead. If there is any bill passed it will so weakened that it will accomplish absolutely nothing except that it might boost corporate profits. Then, when the system is in even worse shape than it is now, a few years down the road the same people who fought every reform that would have made a difference tooth and nail will point the finger of blame at Obama as they once again seek to justify doing nothing that means anything in another round of arguments about “health care reform”.
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