Jul 24 2009
Before I get into the lemming-like actions of the congressional liberals on Obamacare, I must warn the ‘true conservatives’ from not snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on this. The reason the Obamacare push is failing is not because the far right did anything better or smarter, it is because the centrists (from the conservative democrats to the moderate republicans) refused to by into the liberal take over of health care. The fact everyone right of Pelosi and Obama are balking at the nightmare that is the house bill is a sign that the country understands the issue and is rejecting the takeover.
It is not just because or primarily because of the superior intellect of the self-anointed superior beings who arrogantly proclaim their moral superiority from on high Mount “True Conservative”. The only way to stop Obamacare, as crafted in the House bill, is by an alliance of centrists and conservatives. Liberal democrats are primarily responsible for the current situation because of the myriad of ways they screwed up, as incredibly well summarized by Kimberely Strassel in the WSJ today:
The administration thought it was clever back in February, using its $787 billion â€œstimulusâ€ as an excuse to pass all manner of non-stimulating spending. But the bill sent deficits soaring, forcing those numbers to the center of todayâ€™s health debate and unnerving Democratic deficit hawks. Mr. Obamaâ€™s demand that a bill be deficit-neutral enthused House liberals to propose crushing tax hikes that further alienated conservative Democrats.
dministration took the equally dangerous path of no management at all. Left to wild impulses, Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman and Ted Kennedy took the most radical of Mr. Obamaâ€™s proposals (a public option entitlement) as a starting point, and ran left with new mandates, income tax surcharges, and business penalties. The House bill stirred a Blue Dog rebellion and mired the bill in committee. Mrs. Pelosi failed to include enticements for susceptible Republicans, leaving her hard-pressed to poach GOP votes.
Mr. Obama is right to worry this project is a race against time and falling poll numbers. But the administrationâ€™s unwavering demand for bills before recess led to the gridlock it hoped to avoid. The deadline inspired the House leadership to rush out a bill without consensus, further antagonizing the Blue Dogs. In the Senate, the pressure on Mr. Baucus to produce has very nearly pushed away Mr. Grassley, who Democrats need for cover.
These are the overreaching mistakes ofÂ ideologuesÂ and the inexperience inside Obama’s administration. To date the GOP has not solved the health care problems of skyrocketing costs (which leads to limiting access). The GOP would do well not to gloat or over reach themselves in celebrating another failed attempt to fix health care in this nation. The smart ones are supporting the cause, bemoaning the liberal idiocy and promising to do something. Which requires alliances.
And right now there are plenty of opportunities for centrist alliances. Take Democrat strategist Susan Estridge and her view of the liberal Obamacare package:
We’re only talking about our health and our kids’ health, the things my mother, may she rest in peace, told me a thousand times are the only things worth caring about. If you have your health, you have everything. And if you don’t, what in the world matters more than the bestÂ health careÂ in the world, which is found right here?
Not by everybody, mind you, and not cheaply, for anybody. No one’s suggesting for a moment that there aren’t major problems with both access and cost. But the best health care in the world is still here, and before we take steps that could make things much worse, I’d like to be very certain that they will indeed make things much better.
Your health, as I now tell my children, is not something to fool around with. Read the labels. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Look before you leap. The devil is in the details.
That is someone willing to build some bipartisan bridges. That is what America is demanding. Obama and the liberal dems screwed up royally when they passed and then over sold the stimulus package, which has put this nation into massive debt and done nothing for job creation. As a result of promises made and not kept, America is turning sour on Obama and the Democrat led Congress. Check out this poll and the loss of independents,
3 to 1 the Independents are bolting on the Dems and Obama. How about his poll?
Furthermore, fully 79 percent think if health care legislation is passed they personally will pay more in taxes, 1 percent think their taxes will decrease and 18 percent expect no change. Large majorities of those living in both higher income and lower income households believe their taxes will go up.
Nearly half of Americans (45 percent) think the quality of their family’s health care would be worse under the current proposed reforms. That is significantly higher than the number (29 percent) who say they would get better quality health care under the proposed plans. Another 17 percent expect no difference.
Also on the personal level, some 58 percent think health care reforms would cost them money â€” that’s twice the number who say the reforms would save them money (24 percent).
So what is the congressional liberal Democrat plan? Attempt to push it down the throats of everyone who is balking:
House healthcare negotiations dissolved in acrimony on Friday, with Blue Dog Democrats saying they were â€œliedâ€ to by their Democratic leaders.
The seven Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee stormed out of a Friday meeting with their committee chairman, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), saying Waxman had been negotiating in bad faith over a number of provisions Blue Dogs demanded be changed in the stalled healthcare bill.
Iâ€™ve been lied to,â€ Blue Dog Coalition Co-Chairman Charlie Melancon (D-La.) said on Friday. â€œWe have not had legitimate negotiations.
â€œMr. Waxman has decided to sever discussions with the Blue Dogs who are trying to make this bill work for America,â€ Melancon said.
Waxman plans to force a floor vote next week, where the measure will meet certain and embarrassing defeat. Setting the stage for a centrist coalition to fight off Obama and the liberal dems, who will be seen as saving America from the far left zealots. I hope Waxman goes ahead and seals the liberals fate.