The healthcare summit on Thursday will be the foretelling of a story that will play out this November and in November 2012. Obama’s “invitation” to the Republican leadership was great political strategy. If no consensus is reached (and that is highly unlikely due to the stark differences in political philosophy) and the partisan bickering continues (which will surely escalate), the Democrats will find a way to justify (in their minds only) that the only solution to the healthcare “crisis” in America is to pass, via reconciliation, the House plan in the Senate. They will, therefore, be delivering the “public option” to the progressives and those that feel “entitled” – fulfilling their campaign pledge. And, in the process, further infuriate the conservative & independent taxpayers that have, uniformly, voiced total opposition to the “public option” agenda. The rift, that currently deeply divides this great country, will become wider.
If the Obama administration utilizes legislative reconciliation to ram an overhaul of the healthcare system down the collective throats of the taxpaying public, they will be committing political suicide. A few Senators, Rachel Maddow, and other progressives (my, my, the word “progressive” sounds so much better than “socialist“, doesn’t it!!!) are keeping the dream (wet, as it may be) alive for Obama. I simply do not understand what planet they inhabit……it can’t be Earth because most Earthlings can read; and Earthlings that can read know that the polls clearly indicate that most taxpayers (and I distinguish taxpayers from voters) are against the government overhauling and running healthcare!
I read Ezra Klein’s Washington Post Blog recently and was amazed when Ezra claimed the “public option” was “popular”!! Come on, Ezra! It is only popular with anyone that is left of center and/or seeking another government handout? Yes……the American healthcare system needs to be reformed….changes must be made to increase competition and bring down the cost of healthcare. But, a government take-over…..bull!!!
Back to reconciliation…..as a legislative tool, it might be necessary to eliminate fiscal grid-lock on budgetary matters. But, the system needs a procedure to contain the overzealous ambitions of any party that controls both the White House and the Congress. Neither Democrats nor Republicans should be able to stampede unpopular legislation just because they hold “temporary” control. The Democrats lost Congress during Clinton’s term; and the Republicans lost it on Bush’s watch! They lost because they were greedy, little pigs with ill-perceived mandates. And, it will happen during Obama’s tenure, too! So much power….so easily corrupted! Taxpayers are not stupid, Bill Maher!!
So, Obama, if you want to guarantee a Republican Congress by 2012, push the trillion dollar take-over through!! He has become one of the most divisive presidents in our history!