Jul 28 2009
Stay away from the fringes if you want to lead this nation. That appears to be the new political wisdom that has come out of years of ping-ponging between the ideological margins that the nation has experienced from the waning days of the GOP led Congress to the last few years of Liberal led Congress.
And no better example of this new trend in politics is the work being done in the senate by centrists to get health care reform back on track:
After weeks of secretive talks, three Democrats and three Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee were edging closer to a compromise that excludes a requirement many congressional Democrats seek for large businesses to offer coverage to their workers. Nor would there be a provision for a government insurance option, despite Obama’s support for such a plan, officials said.
The Finance senators were considering a tax of as much as 35 percent on very high-cost insurance policies, part of an attempt to rein in rapid escalation of costs. Also likely to be included in any deal was creation of a commission charged with slowing the growth of Medicare.
Two good things are resulting out of this: no mandate on insurance on companies and no government run plan that would destroy and consume all private insurance. It is not perfect. There are no easy or painless solutions.
For example, to reduce Medicare costs means limiting what is available to the retiring baby boomers who are transitioning from a productive element of society to a drain on resources.Â A well earned and honorable drain, mind you, but these folks have to realize they cannot live high on the hog and will not get the same level of bottomless support their parents received. We don’t have the people in the work force to do this.
The right and left will scream their usual obstructionists screams, claiming there is a mythical simple solution, which for some dumb reason has never materialized. Trust me, these centrists will not be seen as evil or mushy by the people of this nation who want leaders to join forces and help fix our problems.