Hillary supporters who fought for Hillary as the best vehicle to get universal health care now oppose health care – who’da thunk it? How can it be explained? What’s going on here? How can this be?
Think of it this way: A hungry person gets two invitations for dinner. The first invitation is from Julia Child. The second invitation is from Jeffrey Dahmer.
With the first invitation from Julia Child (a.k.a. Hillary Clinton) the hungry person is sure to get a delicious nutritious dinner from an experienced and knowledgeable and trustworthy cook who knows the pitfalls of the kitchen. With the second invitation from Jeffrey Dahmer (a.k.a. Barack Obama) the hungry person will be on the table as the dinner.
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During the primary campaigns of 2008, Hillary supporters regularly listed universal health care as priority number one. Here at Big Pink we wrote repeatedly in support of Hillary Clinton’s American Health Choices Plan (read the reviews of Hillary’s plan to see what might have been). We have understood always how absolutely important universal health care is for Americans and for the American economy.
Here at Big Pink we have commentors like Basil9 who desperately need quality health care and we understand the perils of the current thin ice situation. Basil9 is not alone in the damnation which is the current health care system for have-nots and even health care haves. We recoil at the many horror stories we have witnessed and the horror stories heard from those in need of health care for themselves or their family. We know that even for some with health care plans, at the moment of need, the system aggravated rather than soothed.
But we also understand that universal health care died when Hillary was denied the Democratic nomination.
We will write at some point during the upcoming health care debate a comprehensive review of why Obama is the enemy of health care reform. Some might remember the warnings we issued, starting in 2007, about why Obama is the enemy of health care reform and why Obama Won’t Be There When We Need Him.
Some will remember the attacks by Barack Obama on Hillary Clinton’s health care plan. Obama, we remember very well, trashed Hillary. Obama, we remember very well, trashed Hillary’s ideas (and John McCain’s ideas) which would now save his about to be euthanized schemes.
Obama trashed Hillary on mandates. Obama trashed Hillary (McCain too) on limits to “the tax-deductibility of employer-sponsored health insurance for those making more than $250,000 a year” as part of a comprehensive and well thought out health care plan – not the mess that Obama is pushing now. We recall with disgust Obama’s attacks and the quote from Paul Krugman which so neatly exposes Obama today:
I’d add, however, a further concern: the debate over mandates has reinforced the uncomfortable sense among some health reformers that Mr. Obama just isn’t that serious about achieving universal care — that he introduced a plan because he had to, but that every time there’s a hard choice to be made he comes down on the side of doing less.
Hillary knew it would require strong leadership and a hell of a big fight to pass universal health care.
Obama? Obama just wanted the celebrity publicity stunt rush that comes from the spotlight.
Universal health care died when the Dimocrats gifted Obama the nomination.
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With Obama you always have to go back to first principles:
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
With Obama you always have to watch what he does, not what he says.
Tonight Obama will try to bamboozle again with yet another televised publicity stunt at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Big Media personalities attending the publicity stunt would do Americans a great service if they would ask Obama to state exactly what is in the current House and Senate proposed legislation, what he likes in each and why and which he supports. Does Obama understand what is happening or is he holding publicity stunts for legislation he does not understand? The possibility that Obama has no idea what he is pushing is not entirely to be dismissed:
During the call, a blogger from Maine said he kept running into an Investors Business Daily article that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance. He asked: “Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?” President Obama replied: “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.” (quote begins at 17:10)
This is a truly disturbing admission by the President, especially considering that later in the call, Obama promises yet again: “If you have health insurance, and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period.” How can Obama keep making this promise if he is not familiar with the health legislation that is being written in Congress? Details matter.
For those who care, details matter. For showboating flim-flam men, only the drug rush of adulation and publicity matters. Hard work? that is for others, not for showboaters. Perhaps that is why Blue Dogs and Yellow Dogs, moderates and liberals are “concerned”. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer:
The majority leader also conceded that concerns about the current House bill are not limited to a group of conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats who have publicly stated their opposition to the bill.
“It’s not just Blue Dogs. I want to make it very clear — progressives, Blue Dogs and everybody in between has expressed concerns, and we’re working on that,” Hoyer said.
Obama has been too busy with other publicity stunts, which involve a great deal of travel to fun locations and big crowds, to notice the mess he wants others to deal with. Now, facing a disaster that will expose him as the useless clown he has always been – a man with zero accomplishments and a zero logo to match – Obama is scrambling to appear interested.
Last night, invitations to former Obama campaign workers were sent from the DNC/B.O organization to “plant” questioners in later “town hall” events (we specifically heard of these invitations to a Chicago “town hall” publicity stunt). But no amount of publicity stunts are going to help the mish mash mess which is the Obama “plan”.
Not only are Republicans honing their opposition, but some Democrats in both chambers are voicing doubts about moving such complex and costly legislation too quickly.
“No one wants to tell the speaker (Nancy Pelosi) that she’s moving too fast and they damn sure don’t want to tell the president,” Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., a key committee chairman, told a fellow lawmaker as the two walked into a closed-door meeting Tuesday. The remark was overheard by reporters.
Obama has scheduled a prime-time news conference Wednesday, expected to focus on health care. It’s turning into a major test of his leadership. One Republican senator says if the party can stop Obama on health care, it will break him.
Now Obama is scrambling, seizing the opportunity for publicity stunts and more travel for additional publicity stunts, instead of the hard draft legislation work which health care reform required. After wasting trillions on election year slush funds, Obama is now forced to retire to Waterloo or finally get to work:
President Barack Obama is significantly raising his personal stake in the effort to overhaul America’s health-care system, as Democrats and the public express growing unease about the costs.
After weeks of allowing allies in Congress to shape the emerging bills, the White House signaled its intention to start spending more of Mr. Obama’s political capital. “We’re going to have to wade in a little deeper into the nitty-gritty to keep the process going,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said in an interview. “We know that and accept that.”
On Tuesday — exactly six months into his presidency — Mr.Obama did just that, diving into an intraparty dispute over the cost of health-care legislation in a long meeting with conservative Democrats. And for the eighth time in nine days, the president delivered an impassioned pitch for Congress to pass an ambitious bill, urging lawmakers to “insist that this time it will be different.” Mr. Obama plans a prime-time news conference Wednesday as well.
Only now, is Obama worried. Obama is worried for his own future, not the health care needs of Americans:
Mr. Obama has faced criticism from some quarters for being too removed from the health debate, and he may have little choice but to get more deeply involved. Core Obama supporters still are clamoring for passage of legislation by August, and House leaders signaled yesterday that they will attempt to hold a vote there by the end of this month.
Yet polls show growing doubts among Americans about the effort, and conservative Democrats in the House are pushing for more cost-containment provisions and protesting the current House plan to finance the effort with about $500 billion of taxes on the wealthy. House conservatives said Tuesday night they made progress in addressing their concerns in the White House meeting. Meanwhile, though, the Senate Finance Committee is days behind schedule in coming up with its own plan for funding a health system.
Americans needed, desperately, the Hillary Clinton universal health care program. Hillary cared about health care and Americans and she could be trusted to do what is right.
Obama? Obama never cared. To Obama health care, not universal, but a mish mash plan, was a get votes scheme.
Universal health care will go to its death bed.
Obama will go to his Waterloo.
Americans will continue to suffer.