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Confirming the point I made in my last entry, the headline of the Daily News tells us why the healthcare speech
Of course you need to rad the smaller print: “it’s now or never I get my mojo back”
As David Brooks barely joked
“We were moved by his campaign slogan – Vote Obama – he’s better than you’ll ever be”
all the specifying today will be about…Obama. He’ll tell the students about his favorite person
My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.
This is just one of the several paragraphs…Just in case that some kid last year missed his all important life.
Then, there’s the healthcare speech. Te one where – the goal is to pass something, anything, no matter how bad – as TNR explains
But the greatest risk with reconciliation is that the process produces a weak bill, an incomplete one, or, in the very worst case, a counter-productive one–not that it fails to produce any bill at all. The Democratic Party isn’t necessarily the bravest. (If it was, it’d have passed reform already.) But it’s also not the dumbest. Failing to pass a bill when they have the numbers would be politically suicidal, just like it was in the 1990s. Having committed themselves to passing legislation, they now must follow through. They knew that before August. Knock on wood, they still know it today.
In other words, it doesn’t matter what lemon we get saddled with. As long as Obama preserves his political viability – by being able to brag that he passed SOMETHING.
With this goal in mind, the propaganda word about the speech is “rebranding”
which simply means – talk fast about other things than those in the debate.
He’ll pretend there was never a demand for single payer by saying
“Now all the ideas are on the table”
and still pay lip service to the public option – without mentioning the word “veto” this time because of the House Democrats. New York Times calls it a “straddle
up to 180 million — because they already have insurance through employers.The White House’s straddle reflects the Obama team’s recognition that the more liberal House will not pass a health care bill without a public insurance option, while the Senate will not pass one with it.
Interestingly enough, while describing Baucus’s plan, NYT forgets to mention the fact that it lacks a public option – I had to go to WSJ for that information:
Instead of having a public plan, it calls for creating a batch of new nonprofit insurance cooperatives aimed at providing competition to private insurers.
There is no mandate for employers to insure
a concession aimed at winning support from Republicans.
But, hey, something has to be passed, because, after all – this is all about what Obama needs – and he needs SOMETHING passed. So, he’ll straddle all fences (except the single payer one) and please everyone (or attempt to) while knowing full well what’s in the works for us.