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Obama managed to be all over the place on healthcare reform. Pretend he was championing it while making secret deals with pharma. he pretended he favored a public option while leaving it all to the Gang of 6 in the senate and having his people cheering for the coops and trigger option.
But now, with thwo public option amendment being defeated in committee it seems Obama has to finally take a position. This is the Politico headline
Public option fate in Obama’s hands
He has been so wishy washy on it that at this point everyone thinks he is on their side
Public-option supporters a….. they’ll take their chance with Obama at the helm because he’s declined every public opportunity to remove the government option from the table.
more moderate Democrats could point to a variety of statements where Obama is cool to the idea of government-run health care — including saying during his speech to Congress that it’s just one option for driving down costs and ratcheting up competition, but not the only one.
I am consigning this for future analysis as it’s one of those “shit or get of the pot” situations.
I am hoping for all our sakes he’ll do the right thing. But if he doesn’t, the defeat of the public option will be squarely his responsibility (unless one buys the version of evil Rahm keeping Obama prisoner in the basement or attic) . B0bots such as Michael Moore won’t be able to put the blame exclusively on
Democrats who have been cool to President Barack Obama’s call for meaningful health care reform
I am waiting to see: if Obama fails to support the public option at this crucial moment – will Michael Moore and minions work against Obama himself? or would that imply admission that they were used as patsies last year? Let’s hope that the Olympics issue will leave him enough time for this one.
I have to give it to them: “perversion of justice” is a great choice of words.
And I had my stomach turn as well when I saw Woody’s name in that crowd.
More on that petition here
I understood him I could at his time, but he should have had the decency not to turn activist on this one.
In case anyone doubts where I stand on this: Roman Polanski drugged and raped a child. I believe laws should apply equally to all: celebrities, former presidents and their crews, Wall Street embezzling CEOs, men of cloth as well as common criminals.
But that’s just me. What do I know – I am also naive enough to think that all votes should be counted , equally. Even in primaries.
After all the insulation from Chicago politics the entire media did for Obama at senate seat purchase time, Obama deems enough time has passes to officially immerse himself in local politics again. Politico has this headline
Barack Obama risks prestige for Chicago Olympic bid
The decision to not just send Michelle to Copenhagen but go himself is iffy in many ways.
Politico of course worries of the political risks for Obama – should he fail to bring the goods.
But the other implication is more serious
Plus, more than a few Americans are surely scratching their heads — with his inbox crowded with a troop request for Afghanistan, a new secret nuclear site in Iran, sky-high unemployment and a health care bill in Congress, does the president really have time for this?
So this morning comes the news that President Obama will make a “surprise” trip to Copenhagen, along with his wife, to make a presentation on behalf of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics. Aside from the possible malice he’s showing towards his home town — here come massive deficits, white-elephant signature buildings, and other perks — I found this story interesting as the ultimate rebuke to the months of comments from people here regarding the Obama administration’s torpor when it comes to remedying the aftermath of the failure of the federal levees in New Orleans. “Give him time,” they said, “he’s got a lot on his plate”.
and concludes that
My headline, phrased in question form earlier this year–”Obama to New Orleans: Drop Dead?”–is ready to be repunctuated.
Of course, that’s just one of the many promises and places left behind.
Add to that about a half of the people of Chicago who absolutely oppose the Olympics coming there.
And Politico recalls how a similar ambition played for Bloomberg:
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took heat for pushing that city’s 2012 bid so aggressively because it looked to some like one rich guy helping out another rich guy, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, who would have benefited from the Olympics development,
And – at least, Bloomberg was the Mayor – and had more standing representing a city’s petition than Obama does. Like W before him, Obama demonstrates that he is more the president of some people than others.
And it all has that Nero touch of fiddling while the world burns
The one big villain missing from the healthcare mess these pat months was the Big Pharma. Having reached a secret deal with the White House to give them as much of everyone’s money as imaginable, a cloaking device was activated. No one – not progressives, not right wingers ever mentioned pharma again. Which Ironical, considering the “dime standard” Obama put on the bill to David Brooks’s extasy
First, Obama rested the credibility of his presidency on what you might call the Dime Standard. He was flexible about many things, but not this: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future. Period.”
Of course, I have doubts about this becoming a reality because of its author. According to Huffpo
it’s Max Baucus who is planning to introduce
an amendment on the floor to allow prescription drugs to be re-imported from Canada.
It’s one of the simplest ways to reduce health care costs but was ruled out by the agreement, which limits Big Pharma’s contribution to health care reform to $80 billion over ten years.
Even more shocking
A bill to allow re-importation — S. 1232 – has 30 cosponsors, several Republicans among them, including Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, John Thune (S.D.) and David Vitter (La.).
It’s hard to believe Republicans actually tried to restrain corporate greed – and how does Obama look with his secret deal?
Of course, the debate in the senate now is whether it is nice to blow a deal they weren’t part of. And here is the catch
The amendment threatens to blow up the deal Baucus and the White House cut with the drug makers. According to the deal, re-importation would not be part of comprehensive health care reform.
Which makes its reality even more questionable. But not less desirable. And here’s the parting question: should this bill pass – ahead of the healthcare reform – will big Pharma keep their part of the deal about advertising money?
The drug industry has authorized its lobbyists to spend as much as $150 million on television commercials supporting President Obama’s health care overhaul,
And will the universal silence on their fleecing patients be lifted now?
I have to wonder if Baucus’s sudden enthusiasm for doing something right has any connection with the ads being run against him by progressives (h/t The Confluence)
An ad is sampled and the comment
The coalition — which exists solely to buy TV ads — is spending its money with David Axelrod’s old firm (which is still paying him out his share) and the other key Obama campaign media firm, GMMB.
I had stayed away from the entire Edwards saga – as the mere echoes were Schadenfreude enough for what John Edwards did to Wesley Clark in 2004 and to Hillary in 2008 and general political lies. I didn’t need to immerse myself in the whole tabloid story.
But the latest turn, finally caught me. According to the Daily News, Elisabeth Edwards commented on a number of blogs as Cherubim, targeting Rielle Hunter.
My favorite bit from that article was from Andrew Young’s book proposal:
After learning of the affair, Elizabeth made John sleep in their barn though she would wake him up with accusatory rants.
Looking for Cherubim’s posts on the internet I found out that they were made on numerous newspapers and blogs as well as the fact that th oster was suspected of being Elisabeth by some posters for some time such as this poster from June
I swear, Cherubim has GOT to be Elizabeth Edwards. All she does is posit that Rielle slept with multiple guys and paint Brecky as a saint. We KNOW he’s the father, cherubim, and sorry, but women aren’t sluts, they’re people.
I know Elisabeth likes to post – she was doing under her own name on DU for years. It became then clear to me that in the couple she was the progressive and I think once she got the upper hand because of the affair knowledge, demanded that John run on her agenda (my speculation – considering that JRE 2008 was a very different candidate from JRE 2004).
Still, after reading some of those cherubim comments – made from the ISP provider of someone in NYC, I wonder if – at least some of them are not made by John himself. Such as this one – on the same page at the Daily Beast
The actor in the picture above can’t play John Edwards in the movie. He’s not sexy, while, John Edwards is sexy as Hell.
See what I mean. Put the link below into your address bar.
President-Elect Barack Obama has chosen, mostly, Wall Street promoters and corporate lawyers to be in his cabinet. He hasn’t included anyone who knows how to interact and relate with everyday American citizens, and then report back to him concerning: (1) what the people need, and (2) whether his administration’s new initiatives are working. During the Great Depression, Eleanor Roosevelt fulfilled this role for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. I nominate Senator John Edwards for this role. John Edwards would be a refreshing change. Is not change what Obama s supposed to be about? As a rival of Barack Obama, for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination, John Edwards, consistently spoke up for average Americans, i.e. Main Street, not Wall Street. During his “Road to One America Poverty Tour” John Edwards demonstrated that he is uniquely qualified for this role.