Barack and a Hard Place

We learned early on in the healthcare debate that if Obama did not need the Right to pass his reform, that was ok with him.  Unforatunately, Obama does need the Right.  With HR 3200 promised to be dead on arrival in the Senate, the House couldn’t even pass their version before the August recess.  Now, many House members are refusing to hold Town Hall meetings since their constituents have already made it clear they are opposed to Obama’s universal healthcare plan and team Pelosi and Reid have alienated the average American by calling them un-American and accusing them of carrying around swastikas.  The main stream media has gone as far as to say that anti-Obamacare reform people are “white supremacists” and are “building up militias” apparently because they don’t want healthcare reform.

After Pelosi’s House voted down 500 Republican amendments to HR 3200, including amendments that make it so that pro-life taxpayers won’t be forced to pay for abortion, Obama is beginning to offer more of a conciliatory tone.  At least he was over the weekend.  In Colorado he made it sound like they might be on the verge of dropping the ‘public option’.

Sibelius stated over the weekend that the ‘public option’ was not essential.  Other White House spokes people have suggested a government initiated private co-op.  It appears that Obama knows that he needs the Right.  But we are not impressed.  The idea of a government initiated private co-op begs the question: why don’t private American citizens just start their own co-ops?  In fact, many already have.  Religious co-ops boast of $100 a month premiums while still covering everything.  The problem is that HR 3200 makes private co-ops illegal.  A government initiated co-op, especially one that provides free care to the poor, must also be a government sustained co-op.  We know this, and we suspect that Obama does too.

Liberals are not any more  satisfied with compromise than Republicans are.  As much as Obama needs the Right in order to pass healthcare reform, he needs the Left even more, and they are not biting.  Even though a government sponsored private co-op and the intense regulatory restrictions put in place by HR 3200 would eventually necessitate a single payer system, the far Left either doesn’t trust Obama or isn’t willing to take the symbolic loss of dropping the ‘public option’.

Liberal activists, reports AP, are fed up with Obama.  And they have a good point.  Democrats won the House, Senate and White House.  But the majority of Americans are still conservative.  Democrats had to run Blue Dogs in order to win conservative areas and gain their majority, and now those Blue Dogs are hanging by a thread and they know it.

Obama is stuck between his party and his country.  Either one can ruin him.  The Blue Dogs are in the same boat, but are rowing in the opposite direction.  2010 should be interesting.

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4 Responses to “Barack and a Hard Place”


  1. 1 jason August 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Judging from your work you would love truthwithzach.wordpress.com

  2. 2 Sammy August 18, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    All obama will do is outsource anyways. Just think about the all the lobbyists flocking to Washington DC because of obama’s reckless over-spending of $2 TRILLION in just 6 months, which alone is increasing the National Debt by 20%.

    Politicians take people’s money and reward the large corporations, in this case companies in the health care industry, since they have the money to more effectively lobby politicians. In the end smaller businesses will be hurt.

    Politicians will only reward companies that will be in their best political interest. Honestly, when can you really trust politicians since they are basically professional liars, and being president just means you are the best liar of the time. Why not just give the money directly from the people to the companies and take politicians in government out of the equation?

    obama is going to recklessly spend TRILLIONS of tax payers’ money just to give insurance to about 25% of those who do not have it. Over 50% of people’s income go towards taxes, just imagine how many more people will afford health care insurance if their income is almost doubled because of dramatic tax cuts.

    Competition is what is needed. It lowers prices of products and services, along with developing new innovations. All of which will benefit consumers. You need to remember that monopolistic tendencies can also apply to government.

    The reason why the cost of insurance is high is because politicians in government mandate insurance companies to increase their premiums to pay for ridiculous things. In addition, politicians put up regulations so that Americans are not allowed to get insurance from another state and use the coverage in their own state. This reduces competition making it more expensive for people to get insurance. On top of that medical professionals are not allowed to freely practice their profession in any US state without taking a long and tedious licensing process. This again increases the cost of medical insurance.

    In the end, the problem with most economic issues is too much government intervention of the economy by politicians, who will only tend to do things for political self interest. Just like how obama nationalized GM to pander to its unions. Politicians can barely run government, yet people think they can run a multi-national auto manufacturing company?

    The solution is SMALLER government, LESS spending, and LOWER taxes.

  3. 3 ikefriday August 19, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Exactly Sammy. By the way, about government mandating insurance companies to cover all sorts of silly things, HR 3200 will make you have to pay penalty taxes if you don’t buy health insurance that covers everything from mental disease and substance abuse to pregnancy.

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t intend on getting pregnant (I am male after all) and I don’t intend on needing medical services for substance abuse. But its pay them or pay Uncle Sam.

  4. 4 ikefriday August 19, 2009 at 8:27 am

    truthwithzach seems to be an outlet for Leftwing talking points. You can point him to my post titled “Healthcare Solutions” for proof against his claims that the Right is against reform.


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