Pull the plug, Barack:
- From: jose el fontanero <josefsoplar@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:04:49 -0700 (PDT)
Pull the plug, Barack:
It's a mistake to try to
ram through health
Sunday, March 14th 2010, 4:00 AM
Health reform: Down the stretch it comes.
President Obama has gone so far as to
postpone an overseas trip in a last-ditch
push to get a comprehensive reform bill to
He shouldn't waste his energy.
Not with unemployment justifiably the
nation's top concern and the possibility of a
double-dip recession still looming.
Remember how Obama said, in his State of
the Union reboot, "Jobs must be our No. 1
focus in 2010"? Well, apparently he
Not with the American people abandoning
the President's prescription in huge
numbers. Just one in four voters supports
the reform bill as written; half want
Congress to start over. Compare that with
the popular support other major pieces of
social legislation enjoyed before passage,
like welfare reform (68%), Medicare (63%)
and civil rights (60%).
Not with health care costs having risen 73%
over the last decade - with Medicaid
growing at 21% a year - and showing no
signs of coming down to Earth. Controlling
costs is the absolute, unconditional, a-
blind-man-could-see-it prerequisite for
Not with American health care quality
actually quite impressive in many respects,
including world-leading rates for patients
surviving cancer and among the shortest
wait times for hard-to-find treatments and
Not with a half-dozen accounting gimmicks
built into the legislation - including the fact
that federal budget projections are based
on 10 years worth of tax collections and
just six years of spending increases.
Not with the Senate, lacking even a single
Republican vote, having to resort to
reconciliation, a little-used parliamentary
maneuver, to get it through. Sure, it's been
used before - but not on anything that has
such limited public support.
Not after all the cynical back room deals -
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