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Why The Rush On Health Care?

There are clear indications that the Democrats are willing to go a strictly partisan route in passing the ObamaCare legislation. This is another way of saying Democrats so desperately need for the bill to pass that they have foregone the desire for the traditional fig leaf of peeling off a few Republican votes. David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel have weighed in on the urgency of getting the bill passed by August:

"Ultimately, this is not about a process, it's about results," David Axelrod, Obama's senior political strategist, said during an interview in his White House office. "If we're going to get this thing done, obviously time is a-wasting.

...."That's a test of bipartisanship -- whether you took ideas from both parties," Emanuel said. "At the end of the day, the test isn't whether they voted for it," he said, referring to Republicans. "The test is whether the final product represented some of their ideas. And I think it will."

Even the Washinton Post is beginning to doubt the wisdom of the massive tax increases Congress envisions to pay for ObamaCare:

The deeper issue, though, is whether it is wise to pay for a far-reaching new federal social program by tapping a revenue source (the "rich") that would surely need to be tapped if and when Congress and the Obama administration get serious about the long-term federal deficit.

....Pretending that "the rich" alone can fund government, let alone the kind of activist government that the president and Congress envision, is bad policy any way you look at it.

It's no mystery why the Democrats are rushing this legislation. Their political capital is diminishing at an alarming rate as the public comes to view the stimulus legislation as an abject failure and Cap and Trade as a massive regressive tax on consumers. It's now or never for the progressives on ObamaCare and therein is the opportunity for an opposition party. As they did on the stimulus bill, Republicans in the House should unanimously reject Obamacare. Even if the Democrats succeed in peeling off RINO Senators Snowe and Collins in the Senate, a united Republican opposition may pay off in 2010 as voters continue to witness double digit unemployment and flat to negative economic growth.

The urgency about health care legislation today is rooted in political expediency. Unlike the stimulus, where the perception of economic Armageddon was the hammer used to pass the legislation, there is no healthcare crisis. The crisis is the sinking ship of Democratic political capital, much of which has been squandered in record time by a Congress and President that are amazingly removed from the lives of their constituents. The urgency of the ObamaCare debate is exclusively an affliction of the Washington ruling class.


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Comments (27)

Why the rush? Were all dyin... (Below threshold)
914:

Why the rush? Were all dying so they have to hurry and make sure We all get a Jackson send off. Thats why.

Funniest headline of the da... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Funniest headline of the day:

Why The Rush On Health Care?

Let'em pass it in the House... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Let'em pass it in the House. It won't get through the Senate and the House Dims are "BTU'd" again for the mid-terms.

There IS a truly comprehens... (Below threshold)
heyteach:

There IS a truly comprehensive, conservative reform plan here:
http://www.modernconservative.com/freeandfair.php
It ENDS government interference with health care without sacrificing the most vulnerable (there is a transition period to ALL private insurance BUT because it WILL be ALL private, private is given tax credits to insure the less desirable health care candidates, lots of regulations that cost bucks for no good reason are eliminated), AND unlike ALL UHC plans, this one increase the number of doctors and nurses. And doctors choose their own fees. It's doable.

Remember that Obama has sai... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Remember that Obama has said that healthcare reform is a vital part of rebuilding the economy. If Democrats don't get healthcare reform passed before the economy recovers the strongest basis for it's passage will evaporate. That may not seem like a problem to conservatives, but Democrats are true believers in the ability of government spending to create jobs and economic growth, and thus, they're in a rush to get this done before the stimulus kicks in.

Or it could be as HughS says, Democrats see their political support diminishing and they want to pass this boondoggle soon to give themselves more time before the 2010 elections to rehabilitate their image.

Republicans should oppose healthcare reform and cap & tax on the basis that they will stagnate the economy and burden the nation with unprecedented and unsustainable debt. If the economy is still in the tank by 2012 Republicans could win with a strong mandate to repeal such legislation and dismantle much of the blotted government that goes with it. Fixing the overspending mess may require selling off much of the federal lands west of the Mississippi.

I think this is postmoderni... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I think this is postmodernism in politics. The numbers show that there is no appreciable political opposition at present to Democrat legislation. Despite this fact he Democrats have to "hurry" anyway because they recognize their political capital is diminishing rapidly. However, successful enactment of their agenda can only serve to further diminish their political capital among those who make up the productive sector of society. Their agenda serves ultimately to progressively deplete the financial resources of the productive sector upon which they rely for the continued solvency of these programs long term. It is clear that politics in the United States is now focused on centralizing power for its own sake with each new social program's design having this goal at its core.

There's increasing doubt th... (Below threshold)
David Marcoe:

There's increasing doubt that it will even pass.

"The numbers show that ther... (Below threshold)
David Marcoe:

"The numbers show that there is no appreciable political opposition at present to Democrat legislation."

I don't know what numbers your looking at, but all the reliable numbers I've seen have shown a mounting disapproval.

Why the Rush? At this rate... (Below threshold)
BigFire:

Why the Rush? At this rate, Democrats have a good chance of loosing the House at 2010 election, which would grind their agenda down to a crash. They need to squeeze ALL of their wish list now or not at all.

How much are you willing to... (Below threshold)
Ken Hahn:

How much are you willing to pay to provide free health care to illegal aliens? That's the question we should be asking.

I think I was not clear. I... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I think I was not clear. I meant votes within Congress. If the Democrats are desperate to enact legislation irrespective of public sentiment, they could do so.

Yes sir lets all root for t... (Below threshold)
hgg:

Yes sir lets all root for the party of NO to just keep on saying NO and never offering any viable alternative except the same things that got them booted out in the first place. Between that and all those old white male Republicans on the Judiciary Committee spending all their time saying "Latina" or Puerto Rican" you can expect HUGE gains from the 78% who aren't right wingers.

Interesting how tanking numbers for Obama result in a 1% increase to 61% approval for the presidentin the latest Gallup poll. Or is that just Republican "fuzzy math"?

hgg - Obamacare is not a vi... (Below threshold)
Michael:

hgg - Obamacare is not a viable alternative.

"Quick! Hurry up before the... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

"Quick! Hurry up before they figure out what we're doing..."

Another reason the Obama pe... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

Another reason the Obama people and Congress want to hurry up with this mess, is that the State run media is busy covering the Sonia Sotomayer hearings and the Administration and Congress knows that these hearings are not going to last very long, hence the rush. They are also counting on the Dems on the Judiciary Committee to keep these hearings going as long as need be, so they can slip this monstrosity past the American people as fate acompli.

"If the Demoncrats are d... (Below threshold)
914:

"If the Demoncrats are desperate to enact legislation irrespective of public sentiment, they could do so."

They already have, Porkulitis is in their Commie veins.

Republicans don't want a he... (Below threshold)
carly:

Republicans don't want a healthcare plan. Just playing obstructionists. There is a related post at iamsoannoyed.com/?page_id=588

HGG must be reading off his... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

HGG must be reading off his bumperstickers again. We are the party of Know. We Know what is going to happen. We know Obama is an empty suit. We know Palin has more experience then Obama, so yes we are the party of Know.

This very difficult and complicated issue should not be rushed unless there are things in this that no one wants us to know about.

The party of Take is rushing this. ww

Yes sir lets all r... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Yes sir lets all root for the party of NO to just keep on saying NO and never offering any viable alternative except the same things that got them booted out in the first place.

What got them booted out in the first place was the tanking economy and an unpopular war. If the economy is still bad in 2012 and we are still at war it will be the Democrats who will be booted out. Only the foolish think voters care about ideology more than their pocketbook.

If Democrats are going to stay in power they must do three things. Fix the economy, prevent another 9/11 magnitude attack on U.S. soil, and stay out of a war with Iran and/or North Korea. Fail in any one of those areas and 2010 and 2012 will be to Democrats what 2006 and 2008 were to Republicans.

Carly!! You should go back ... (Below threshold)
914:

Carly!! You should go back to imitating Babs cause your so vain, you probably think this blog is about you.

Adrian Browne: "Funniest... (Below threshold)

Adrian Browne: "Funniest headline of the day:
Why The Rush On Health Care?"

Dumbest poster of EVERY day: Adrian Browne

The single LARGEST re-structuring of American society and its economy in the history of this country. Bigger than all Roosevelt "New Deals" and Johnson's "Great Society" programs combined! Worthy of extensive debate within Congress and with REAL AMERICANS!

The "August Recess" is SUPPOSED to allow Congress Critters time to return to their States and talk to their constituents...and this should be a great topic!!

But nope...the Dems want to RAM IT THROUGH without talking it over with any of US!

Questions of YEAR:
Why The Rush On:
- "Stimulus" Package?
- Cap & Tax?
- Healthcare "reform"?

(just to name three). EVERYTHING is an "emergency!!"

Why Rush?For the d... (Below threshold)
914:

Why Rush?

For the deranged trolls on here, getting anal exams of every aspect of private lives is essential.. As long as the private lives are those of conservatives like Sara and every other non KGB American.

Why the Rush on Healthcare?... (Below threshold)
tyree:

Why the Rush on Healthcare?
Because you just can't waste a good crisis, that's why.

Conservatives don't want "health care reform" because we know it is just another liberal forced wealth distribution scheme.

If the liberals really wanted to help procure more availability to health insurance, they would help rein in the lawsuit lawyers, like John Edwards. Edwards took $20 million in just five years from doctors. This attack on health care started in earnest 40 years ago and continues to this day. Tort reform would allow doctors to take control of the health care process once again, and we wouldn't need socialism to do it.

I guess the question is, why have the Democrats blocked tort reform for so long and why do they think lawyers should be able to sue us so easily?

"There are clear indication... (Below threshold)
Jake:

"There are clear indications that the Democrats are willing to go a strictly partisan route in passing the ObamaCare legislation."

And there are clear indications that the Republicans are willing to go a strictly partisan route to work against any and all healthcare changes whether they're a good idea or not.

It's too bad they didn't re... (Below threshold)

It's too bad they didn't read before voting.

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=332548165656854


It's Not An Option

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:20 PM PT

Congress: It didn't take long to run into an "uh-oh" moment when reading the House's "health care for all Americans" bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.

> Republicans in the Hou... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

> Republicans in the House should unanimously reject Obamacare. ... a united Republican opposition may pay off in 2010 ...

It's important for the GOP rejection to be as close to 100% as possible. Assuming some sort of bill gets passed anyway, if the GOP picks up a majority in the House in 2010 they can block implementation of it (won't be able to outright repeal it unti 2013 at best). A blanket rejection in 2009 gives a GOP house majority the mandate to block it.

Existing govt. programs are almost impossible to cancel. But there shouldn't be too much of the health thing up and running by Jan 2011. Therefore, it would be easier to get rid of it rather than something that's been entrenched since the 1930s like all those farm subsidies.

As we can see, the runaway ... (Below threshold)
hsr0601:

As we can see, the runaway premiums led to collapse in the middle class and housing market / financial market. In that case, top priority should be to restore the struggling middle class. Consumer confidence might be the most crucial element and boost in hiring process as we experienced in recent years.
In case the health care reform provides the general public with peace of mind, the rising mental stress or illness caused by financial instability may bend the curve surprisingly,
in combination with kicking out the 'keep eating habit' to forget the deep-seated instability and apprehension, I guess.
'Work or Break' health system with no brake or safety system might be one of the biggest hidden causes of mental stress, obesity or overweight threatening the overall economy, I cautiously suppose.




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