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Dialing It Down On Health Care

Charles Krauthammer nails it today in an editorial in the Washington Post (and not just because he and I agree that something called “health care reform” is going to pass):

Yes, Obama’s aura has diminished, in part because of overweening overexposure. But by year’s end he will emerge with something he can call health-care reform. The Democrats in Congress will pass it because they must. Otherwise, they’ll have slain their own savior in his first year in office.

That’s party politics (which we’ve come to learn from both parties, usually means putting the party first and the country second). They are not going to be responsible for killing the presidency of a Democrat. But they’re also not going to pass anything like what they started out to pass.

So what will it be?

But that bill will look nothing like the massive reform Obama originally intended. The beginning of the retreat was signaled by Obama’s curious reference — made five times — to “health-insurance reform” during his July 22 news conference.

Thus the beginning of the campaign to demonize the insurance companies as “the villains”. And it is going to be a long and loud campaign until the “something” is passed.


Reforming the health-care system is dead. Cause of death? Blunt trauma administered not by Republicans, not even by Blue Dog Democrats, but by the green eyeshades at the Congressional Budget Office.

Krauthammer have a slight disagreement on this. Not that the CBO is the primary entity that put a lance through the heart of “health-care system” reform – and that is what Obama referenced repeatedly and, when you talk about type of care and changing the behavior of doctors, is obviously more than “insurance reform”.

Our disagreement stems from my belief that health-care system reformation isn’t at all dead, it’s just delayed. One things the Democrats are adept at is incrementalism. They’ve worked diligently for decades to expand relatively modest programs into huge, wasteful bureaucratic monstrosities that hand out money – at least that which finally works its way through the bureaucracy – like a political party handing out “walking around money”.

This, unfortunately will be no different. And even more unfortunately something on which the Democrats can begin their incremental construction will be law by this fall.


8 Responses to Dialing It Down On Health Care

  • … but .. but .. you “may just not know what’s good for [you],” at least according to Andrea Mitchell.
    When will this “we will force you” or “you don’t know waht’s good for you” stuff stop.
    If you can’t sell it, forcing it will only get somebody dead.

  • It apparently got ugly in Virginia the other day …
    OBAMA SECRET SERVICE Pulls Guns On Conservative Tea Party Protesters In Bristol
    … all the calls were about witnessing the guns being pointed at them …”

    • Obama Secret Service –
      I’d find it hard to believe that this is some Obama specific related policy for the Secret Service.
      Let’s not go there, these are professionals dedicted to protecting the President, whoever he or she may be, and regardless of their stand on Nationalized Health Care.

  • O will be impeached before the end of the year,  more than half of you (58% of repubs) know he’s not even a citizen!

  • OK, then can anyone point to a similar incident during the Bush Presidency?

  • The most import unanswered question for the health care debate …
    why did Democrats insist on keeping illegal aliens in the program when they could have reduced the cost by leaving them out ?
    One possibility is that they knew they would get included once immigration reform takes place so the costs would reappear then, but the administration looked desperate enough to delay those costs if it would make a deal work. Besides the obvious political calculus of “all those new happy Democratic voters,” there is no obvious reason to make this hard decision to keep them included when it may have made a deal work in the short run.  Of course, the short term gain would make immigration reform much more expensive with “pay-go.”.
    Another possibility is that once you have “single payer,” as many Democrats would like the system to eventually go to, there will be no other place for them to go for health care while in the US.

  • O will be impeached before the end of the year,  more than half of you (58% of repubs) know he’s not even a citizen!

    Actually it is 28% and they are mostly southerners.  Do you read your own propaganda?

  • Yes, incrementalism, nibbling behind closed doors, precedents.
    Get at least one foot in the door of the sheep factory and the next thing you know the whole camel is in the tent.
    How do you stop such a thing?
    Willpower and the vision of whats right.
    You don’t just remove the foot from the door, you remove the trespasser from the property.