Thus sayeth former Repug presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney (here)…
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama is struggling to get a health care bill because he has been too deferential to the liberal wing of his party.
Interviewed from Boston Thursday on CBS’s “The Early Show,” Romney said he thinks the president must shoulder the blame for the gridlocked situation surrounding health care legislation. He said Obama gave too much influence to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others.
Romney said that “if the president wants to get something done, he needs to put aside the extreme liberal wing of his party.”
Well, as least the “extreme liberal wing” of the Democratic Party isn’t calling for Hezbollah-style universal health care, as Romney did here, saying the following…
…”Did you notice in Lebanon, what Hezbollah did? Lebanon became a democracy some time ago and while their government was getting underway, Hezbollah went into southern Lebanon and provided health clinics to some of the people there, and schools. And they built their support there by having done so. That kind of diplomacy is something that would help America become stronger around the world and help people understand that our interest is an interest towards modernity and goodness and freedom for all people in the world. And so, I want to see America carry out that kind of health diplomacy…”
Also, Joan Vennochi of The Boston Globe informs us of the following (here)…
Because of the liberals’ embrace of the “public option,’’ today’s debate is as polarizing as it was back when Bill and Hillary Clinton unsuccessfully pushed health care reform.
Notwithstanding the gun-toting, teabaggin’ town hall disruptors courtesy of Dick Armey and Rick Scott and their havoc (which has more to do with “polarization” than anything), I think Vennochi and her ideological fellow travelers should read the following (from here)…
Just 34% of voters nationwide support the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats if the so-called “public option” is removed. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% oppose the plan if it doesn’t include a government-run health insurance plan to compete with private insurers.
But of course, the ongoing fight to keep the public option (which, it should be emphasized, is the only way that we’ll see cost savings for real out of health care reform) is the “fault” of those baaaad liberals only, let’s not forget (putting aside the fact this country by and large is way ahead of the politicians and the pundits…as usual).
Continuing, I give you Calvin Woodward of the AP (here)…
President Barack Obama’s lack of a detailed plan for overhauling health care is letting critics fill in the blanks in the public’s mind. In reality, Washington is not working on “death panels” or nationalization of health care.
You want a detailed plan? Take a look at this (the House version). And how ridiculous is it that the Clintons were blamed for being too detailed and “secretive” on health care, and Obama gets blamed for not being detailed enough?
And by the way, I think claiming that Obama doesn’t have a detailed plan as the reason for the wingnuttery that has propagated on this issue, as opposed to our somnambulant lapdog press calling truth to bullshit (sorry, can’t think of another word that works), is a typically disgusting copout.
And finally (from here)…
(Obama) said the first thing he wanted to correct was the idea that the proposed overhaul would force some people into different health care plans. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” he said, repeating one of his stock lines.
That’s not true, however, according to FactCheck.org, an independent truth squad run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
“He can’t make that promise to everyone,” concluded FactCheck’s analysis, one of several that point out that the Democrats’ health care plan could lead to employers switching plans, and thus forcing their employees into different plans and perhaps to different doctors.
And under health care reform, it’s possible that absolutely nothing will change if you have coverage through your employer, like Obama says.
With all due respect to FactCheck.org, how the hell are they or anyone else supposed to know for certain what decisions employers will make concerning health coverage as a result of reform?
The point is that, as has been repeated many, many, many times, what we have presently is unsustainable. It costs all of us too much, primarily because there is not enough competition against a public plan that would hold down costs (I’m not going to tell you it would function perfectly, but considering Medicare and Medicaid – and health care through the VA is also provided through our government, let’s not forget – I would say there’s plenty of precedent for us to enact a government-run option for a client base consisting of people other than our seniors and our military).
I’ll tell you what – let’s try a hypothetical here, OK?
So you have good health insurance through your employer – terrific. What if something catastrophic happens, namely a job loss? And you fought Obama and the Dems on health care, and legislation passes without a private plan, and then you have to try and obtain coverage on your own, but you end up getting denied because you suffer from acid reflux (and yes, I know of a case where this has actually happened…and don’t talk to me about how a “mandate” will ensure that you cannot be denied coverage; without a public option, the insurance companies will have already figured out how to “game” the new system before Obama signs it into law).
Guess what? You’re screwed.
This isn’t a fight for liberals only. It’s a fight for everyone. And our corporate media’s refusal to report this story in that fashion is yet another inglorious failure of their duty to enlighten, educate and inform.
Update 1: Wow, I didn’t know there were so many liberals 🙂 (h/t Atrios)
Update 2 8/21/09: I thought this was a good post on the difference between a public option and a co-op (of course, CNN is too busy “reporting” on “naked pole dancing” and rehashing an old story of Tom Ridge telling us he was pressured into issuing color-coded terror alerts before elections…GEE, YA’ THINK??!!…to cover this themselves).