Thursday, March 4, 2010

Healthcare Update from Left, the Summitt & Mother Jones

Originally Published "State of the Nation" by Brandon Jones at Desk of

"Still, my take is that the summit was basically a draw, but with a slight edge to the Republicans. They didn't have to win, after all. They just had to seem non-insane, and for the most part they did. What's more, Obama missed a chance to provide a punchy, 60-second sales pitch for the Democratic plan." - Kevin Drum, liberal website "Mother Jones"1


To the leftist supporters of Obamacare and the Democrats aligned for the government takeover of one-sixth of our economy, Republicans are just simple obstructionists.


Right-wing talking heads will tout the successes of Paul Ryan while the left heard: "The Republicans simply don’t want to pass comprehensive health-care reform." (EJ Dionne at the Washington Post)


Let me credit "Mother Jones" for providing such a great synopsis of the left-wing healthcare reformers.


Paul Krugman:


"So what did we learn from the summit? What I took away was the arrogance that the success of things like the death-panel smear has obviously engendered in Republican politicians. At this point they obviously believe that they can blandly make utterly misleading assertions, saying things that can be easily refuted, and pay no price. And they may well be right."

The belief that government controlling healthcare is a viable option cannot be refuted to Krugman, Dionne, Drum, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Barack Obama.

25% -- yes, only 25% of Americans wants this reform to be passed. Compared to 75% that supported President Obama's effort one year ago, 50% of the population have come to the same conclusion -- no.


Don't reform healthcare like this.


Many surveyed agree to scrap the bill, start over, incorporate the "small bill" conservative reformation suggestions, but DO NOT pass the Senate or the House bills.


If there was truth and validity to the claims of lies and falsehoods by the Republicans, then the Obama administration wouldn't be pressing Congress to add portability, state line and TORT language to the bills.


But hey, those are facts and they don't taste good.


Paul Ryan leads the Republicans to victory with the answered fact: the real cost is $2.3 trillion.


Paying for it appears to be a problem the Democrats will ignore for now.




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