Ruling out “single payer” from the very start was an act of mind-bending incompetence on the level of disbanding Iraq’s army during the occupation of Iraq. From a policy point of view “Medicare for all” provides massive savings, and we know it works because the equivalent policies have worked for every other nation in the world who ever implemented then. From a sales point of view it’s much harder to demonize Medicare and much easier to explain it. From a negotiation point of view pre-compromising is so stupid that anyone who has spent 5 minutes in a third world bazaar or taken even a single negotiating class knows better.
The current health reform “bills” are turning into a cluster[fr@ck] of epic proportions. Scrap them, introduce Medicare for all, target Senators who won’t vote for it with bone-crushing ads which ask why they want 22,000 American to die every year who could be saved for less money than the Iraq war cost; explain with nice simple pictures how much money they receive from the insurance industry and note that they are willing to let Americans die in exchange for blood money from the medical industry.
I know it’s difficult for Democrats to play hardball since they’d have to grow a spine, but perhaps, just perhaps, it’s worth it to save lives, end 70% of all bankruptcies and make sure people who are sick get the care they need?
Right on. Especially the part about the “bone-crushing ads which ask why they want 22,000 American to die every year who could be saved for less money than the Iraq war cost.” Maybe just skip the ads, and bring out the rubber hoses? In an effort to avoid screams of “ZOMG!!!!1111!!! SOCIALISM!!!11!11!!!!!!!!!!,” President Obama and Congressional Dems are cooking up a Frankenstein Monster of a plan that none of them can explain clearly, so now we get screams of “ZOMG!!! SOCIALISM!!!” plus “ZOMG THEY’RE GOING TO KILL GRANNY AND L’IL SICK BABEES!!!” Thus, we sail into the second decade of the twenty-first century with ghosts of the Cold War still driving our politics. I thought it was boring and stupid way back in the 1980s, when East Germany and the Soviet Union still existed. Now screaming “SOCIALISM!!!” is about as frightening as screaming “ZOMG WITCHES!!!”–and why isn’t anyone pointing this out?
What I don’t get is why anyone would ask Congressional Democrats (!) to set an agenda for anything more complicated than a Sunday afternoon ice cream social. The President needs to set the agenda, and it needs to be a clear agenda with easily explainable fixed goals. And a popular President shouldn’t be afraid of using his popularity to intimidate the hell out of anyone who isn’t on the bus with him.