Almost two years ago exactly, on September 24, 2007, we discussed the Obama Health Care Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss in an article called “Reality Based Community”.
We have recently pointed out repeatedly that for all the words and publicity stunts staged this year Barack Obama has not actually submitted a health care plan, let alone an Universal Health Care Plan.
What we do have at the moment is a bunch of mish-mash proposals from four (soon to be five) committees in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Of Representatives. The five plans are as welcome to the health care debate as the Ebola virus is to a school full of young children.
Almost two years ago we wrote what we will write about again today and what we will write about again and again: The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss.
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Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss the Obama history on health care as described by a Big Media outlet in 2007. Ordinarily, Big Media, PINOs, and Dimocrats would race to research the history of those proposing major changes to any policy. But a strange blindness, a willful blindness afflicts Big Media, PINOs and Dimocrats when it comes to Obama. Big Media, PINOs and Dimocrats, do not want to look at Barack Obama’s history on health care.
Big Media, PINOs and Dimocrats expressed disbelief and shock when, after initial White House denials followed by proof, the juicy deal between Obama and Big PhaRma was exposed last month.
The history of the deal Barack Obama fellated from Big PhaRma was very ugly. Not only was the union between Obama and Big PhaRma ugly, it was a consensual affair with Billy Tauzin – a man Obama had whipped with denunciations during the election campaigns of 2008.
To add to the shock and disbelief from Big Media, PINOs and Dimocrats, the secret wedding of Obama and Big PhaRma was consummated in February of this year when Obama was riding high in public opinion polls and had no need to get on his knees before Big PhaRma. The details of the unholy union became known in August when Obama’s false pregnancy did not result in a health care reform plan baby.
The Barack Obama Health Care Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want to Discuss ironically enough was published by Big Media outlet The Boston Globe on September 23, 2007. The elemental discussion which detail by detail replicates what thus far has happened this year is not however discussed now by The Boston Globe nor any other Big Media outlet, nor by PINOs, nor by Dimocrats.
Here is what The Boston Globe wrote then which is not discussed now by Obama and his fluffers:
When Barack Obama and fellow state lawmakers in Illinois tried to expand healthcare coverage in 2003 with the “Health Care Justice Act,” they drew fierce opposition from the insurance industry, which saw it as a back-handed attempt to impose a government-run system.
Over the next 15 months, insurers and their lobbyists found a sympathetic ear in Obama, who amended the bill more to their liking partly because of concerns they raised with him and his aides, according to lobbyists, Senate staff, and Obama’s remarks on the Senate floor.
The writer of The Boston Globe article, Scott Helman, understood that the fight in Illinois in 2004 “illustrates how Obama, during his eight years in the Illinois Senate” conducted business. Writes Helman, in the article that should inform those concerned about true universal health care reform:
But it also shows how Obama’s own experience in lawmaking involved dealings with the kinds of lobbyists and special interests he now demonizes on the campaign trail.
Obama has tried to distinguish himself from rival Hillary Clinton by criticizing her ties to lobbyists and special interests, and, unlike her, refusing to take contributions from federal lobbyists and political action committees.
Hillary was attacked by Obama and his Hopium dealing thugs because she publicly stated she understood that all sides had to be considered in policy discussions, but that there would be no “celestial choirs”, just a fight for core Democratic values and principles. Hillary understood when to stand on common ground and when to stand her ground. Obama gets on the ground:
On one side were healthcare advocates, eager to capitalize on the Democrats having won control of the General Assembly and the governor’s office. On the other were most insurers, who worked vigorously to sink the bill. Obama was in the middle, trying to reconcile a range of agendas to get a viable plan signed into law.
The bill originally called for a “Bipartisan Health Care Reform Commission” to implement a program reaching all 12.4 million Illinois residents. The legislation would have made it official state policy to ensure that all residents could access “quality healthcare at costs that are reasonable.” Insurers feared that language would result in a government takeover of healthcare, even though the bill did not explicitly say that.
By the time the legislation passed the Senate, in May 2004, Obama had written three successful amendments, at least one of which made key changes favorable to insurers.
Most significant, universal healthcare became merely a policy goal instead of state policy – the proposed commission, renamed the Adequate Health Care Task Force, was charged only with studying how to expand healthcare access. In the same amendment, Obama also sought to give insurers a voice in how the task force developed its plan.
For all the Obama flowery words the treacherous snake is always ‘neath the flower. The goal Obama killed then was “quality healthcare at costs that are reasonable”. What we know of current plans is that the costs will be unreasonable and that “quality” is not to be mentioned. The transfer of wealth to insurance companies with the IRS as the Chicago style fee payment enforcer terrorizing citizens on behalf of the insurance companies is the current Obama Hoped for Change.
What is now, is what was – in Illinois:
Lobbyists praised Obama for taking the insurance industry’s concerns into consideration.
“Barack is a very reasonable person who clearly recognized the various roles involved in the healthcare system,” said Phil Lackman, a lobbyist for insurance agents and brokers. Obama “understood our concern that we didn’t want a predetermined outcome.”
In one attempt at a deal, Obama approached the Campaign for Better Health Care with insurers’ concerns, asking if the group would consider a less stringent mandate than requiring the state to come up with a universal healthcare plan. The coalition decided not to bend, said Jim Duffett, the group’s executive director.
“The concept of the Health Care Justice Act was to bring the sides – the different perspectives and stakeholders – to the table,” Duffett said. “In this situation, Obama was being a conduit from the insurance industry to us.”
Obama later watered down the bill after hearing from insurers and after a legal precedent surfaced during the debate indicating that it would be unconstitutional for one legislative assembly to pass a law requiring a future legislative assembly to craft a healthcare plan.
Obama watered down strong medicine into weak sugar water. Placebo Obama pretended, with flowery words, to fight for universal health care but when the pretense is put aside, he was a lawyer for
ACORN the insurance industry.
During debate on the bill on May 19, 2004, Obama portrayed himself as a conciliatory figure. He acknowledged that he had “worked diligently with the insurance industry,” as well as Republicans, to limit the legislation’s reach and noted that the bill had undergone a “complete restructuring” after industry representatives “legitimately” raised fears that it would result in a single-payer system.
Single payer advocates and public option advocates who persist in their silly Hope and Change beliefs that Obama “secretly” will fight for anything other than himself are fools beyond the reach of history lessons. Obama suckered these fools in order to advance himself and these fools still think he is on their side, “secretly” of course.
“The original presentation of the bill was the House version that we radically changed – we radically changed – and we changed in response to concerns that were raised by the insurance industry,” Obama said, according to the session transcript.
Obama himself states, according to the transcripts, that he will fight for change, including radical change -FOR THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. History is a teacher.
Obama (remember, history is a teacher) mouthed a lot of flowery words in Illinois too which fooled the gullible then and fools the Hopium addled today:
During debate over the Health Care Justice Act, Obama also attacked the insurers, accusing the industry of “fear-mongering” by claiming, even after he made changes they wanted, that the bill would lead to a government takeover.
Still, Obama’s willingness to hear out insurers and their lobbyists is revealing given the posture he strikes today on the presidential campaign trail – that lobbyists, insurance companies, and other big-industry special interests have an outsized and polluting influence on policy-making in Washington.
Let’s repeated that sentence from 2007 because it is as valid today as it has ever been: “Obama’s willingness to hear out insurers and their lobbyists is revealing given the posture he strikes today”
Lobbyists, Big PhaRma, money men, insurance giants – Obama’s base.
In a new television ad his campaign unveiled last week, Obama says that cynics “don’t believe we can limit the power of lobbyists who block our progress, or that we can trust the American people with the truth. . . . In 20 years of public service, I’ve brought Democrats and Republicans together to solve problems that touch the lives of everyday people. I’ve taken on the drug and insurance companies and won.”
Obama has taken on the the drug and insurance companies in the same way an ACORN hooker takes on tricks.
And yet while serving in Illinois, Obama was willing to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists. Obama’s state Senate campaign committee accepted contributions from insurance companies and their lobbyists – including $1,000 from the Professional Independent Insurance Agents PAC in June 2003, and $1,000 from the Illinois Insurance PAC in December 2003 – while the Health Care Justice Act was wending its way through the Illinois General Assembly. Obama also collected money from the insurance industry and its lobbyists for his successful US Senate campaign in 2004.
Those attacking Senator Max Baucus because of the money he has taken from “special interests” will never discuss Obama taking money from “special interests”. If Max Baucus and those who take “special interest” money are suspect or corrupt why then do PINOs, Dimocrats, and Big Media not view Obama with suspicion and investigative eyes?
For us, History is a Teacher. Big Media, PINOs, and Dimocrats want to ignore history to protect their precious “media darling” Obama.
We will continue to discuss the Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss because it says more about the current health care “reform” scam than all the many legislative bills so many are urging be read. No need to read the thousands of pages in the current bills to know what will happen – history is THE guide.
For Americans History is a teacher and a guide too. Every day, as history is made anew, Americans re-learn the history we know so well, as it repeats and repeats:
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.