President Obama’s “bipartisan health care summit” that was announced during an interview on the Super Bowl pre-game show will be held Thursday. “I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward,” Mr. Obama said in the interview from the White House Library.
Yesterday the President released his updated reform proposals and posted them to the White House website. The bullet points supposedly show that the proposal “puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care.”
In reality, the proposal would put the federal government in control of health insurance (which is not at all the same as health care). It would make it a federal crime for people to not buy insurance, or for insurers to offer plans that did not meet expensive federal mandates (such as insuring “children” up to the age of 26.) The only families who would remain in control are those exempted from compulsory insurance because they can’t afford it. But I thought that was the reason why people are not insured today?
The new blueprint is almost exactly the same as the House and Senate health care bills that the public have opposed since July. It mostly just splits the difference between the two. This is fantastic news and for those who view politics as nothing more than farcical theater, another great source of amusement.
Monday’s proposal, and today’s summit, represents the final Hail Mary by Obama and Congressional Democrats to “do something.” I mean, how terrible does one have to be at their job to NOT have passed some kind of health insurance disaster bill within the past year? A sympathetic president and majorities in both houses of congress have resulted in false blame directed at the GOP.
If single-payer insurance was so important, the power to pass a bill existed.
This is it, the last straw. If it doesn’t pass now, then the only thing left will be to write R.I.P. columns (here’s looking at you, Mr. Kelley) and fight over the book deals about Republican Bugaboos and Why We’re All Going to Die Without Health Insurance.
Today’s damage control conference looks more like a blame-management focused exit strategy than a way forward. This seems to succinctly encapsulate the Obama presidency thus far.
Personally I’m glad that it looks like nothing is going to come of the ObamaCare bills. I do not want the feds forcing me to buy health insurance and having any say whatsoever with anything health related.
The more time they put into things that never go anywhere, the less time they put into things that do. It is virtually impossible that anything that did go through would be anything good.
But luckily, watching the Congress critters squirm doesn’t get any more entertaining. I can see Pelosi now, “Those uncooperative Republicans and the traitorous Dems!”
To think I was getting bored of a continuation of the Bush years! There is still another three years of this bumbling absurdity. I must admit, the endless material is nice.