Honeymoon’s over. Perhaps they should have gotten the message when it became clear that the American public didn’t want the Health Care Deform bill rammed down their throats. It would have been even better if they had taken a lesson from thousands of years of history and taken steps to improve health care by removing tax and regulatory barriers that increase costs, prevent people from making rational decisions and using their funds effectively.
Wait, what am I thinking? It’s Congress and what’s good for the people has no impact on their decision-making – only power and campaign contributions do.
Here is what President Obama said about losing the confidence of the American people with respect to the health care bill. Essentially, hurry up and empty the cookie jar before anyone notices.
I would advise that we try to move quickly to coalesce around those elements of the package that people agree on. We know that we need insurance reform, that the health insurance companies are taking advantage of people. We know that we have to have some form of cost containment because if we don’t, then our budgets are going to blow up and we know that small businesses are going to need help so that they can provide health insurance to their families. Those are the core, some of the core elements of, to this bill. Now I think there’s some things in there that people don’t like and legitimately don’t like.
As evidence of the establishment’s reactionary nature I offer Paul Krugman’s desertion of our beloved President as he reacts to President Obama’s comments in his NY Times blog Jan 20.
In short, “Run away, run away”!
Maybe House Democrats can pull this out, even with a gaping hole in White House leadership. Barney Frank seems to have thought better of his initial defeatism. But I have to say, I’m pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in.
Merely hours after the voters in Massachusetts, a state familiar with the effects of universal health care, deny the Democrats totalitarian control, Professor Krugman does some running away of his own.
I’d be willing to bet that Professor Krugman voted for President Obama. Is it possible the good Professor’s judgement wasn’t quite as perfect as he would have us believe?