Politico: Does Obama have the Guts? (to do what's right)
by TarHeel, Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 08:28:57 AM EDT
Excellent article from an otherwise right leaning rag, politico.
Could Hillary Clinton have been right about Barack Obama?
Could she have been right when she said that he was the candidate of lofty promises --"the skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect" -- and not the candidate of real leadership?
In her former life as a presidential candidate, Clinton warned voters that Obama would let them down. She warned them that when the going got tough, he would fold up.
In general, the health care industry wants health care reform and for a very simple reason: It would mean 47 million new customers, many of them young and healthy.
But the industry does not want a public option as a part of that reform, because a public option would be large enough to negotiate with private insurers, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and doctors for lower costs.
"A public option would cut deeply into their current profits," writes Robert Reich, former secretary of labor under Bill Clinton. "That's why they've been willing to spend a fortune on lobbyists, threaten and intimidate legislators and ordinary Americans, and even rattle Obama's cage to the point where the administration is about to give up on it."
I think it was a major mistake not to frame the public option as "medicare basic" or a "medicare option" etc...
Make the GOP attack medicare... Frame the public option as an enhancement to medicare... The over 50 crowd is the crowd that is opposing reform.
anyhow Representative Anthony Weiner is really on to something..