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“Bipartisan” Heath Care Reform Doomed From the Start

“Bipartisan” Heath Care Reform Doomed From the Start

The battle for health care reform may pick up steam again in 2011, when numerous Republican politicians try to make good on their campaign pledges to roll back the bill. 

But the Republican pledge to destroy affordable, quality health care no longer is no longer surprising.  What is surprising is that they never had any intention of supporting any reform in the first place, regardless of their cries for “bipartisan” measures they could support.

Via The Plum Line:

Here’s another fascinating nugget from journalist Richard Wolffe’s new book. If true, it really blows up the ridiculous claim that Obama never made any genuine effort to attract bipartisan support for health reform.

Wolffe reports that Obama got into a testy exchange with Senator Chuck Grassley, in which the President flatly asked Grassley if he could support health reform if the public option were dropped and he got everything he wanted. Grassley, in effect, said: Nope. And he told a top Obama adviser the same.

The key is that this exchange occurred early on in the process, and the quest for bipartisan support for health reform continued anyway.

For those who championed the cause of health care reform, it’s hard to decide what is more disappointing — that it was clear from the beginning that Republicans had no intention to ever see it happen, or that despite knowing that, compromise after compromise was made, creating a watery, disappointing version of the bill that even most Democrats were unenthusiastic about supporting.

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8:44PM PST on Dec 5, 2010

The goal is not to vote "no" on everything! Only the bills that are dreck. Such deserve a "no" vote!

Obama did not extend his hand, unless it was to slap down those of his opponents.

EVERYONE knows health care can stand a reform. Too bad the Democrats did not really even try! Single payer is not reform - but a take over. That is never a good idea, the Government does nothing well. Obama care is designed to destroy health insurance. And to force everyone to put in place a document that authorizes termination of medical care. The evidence does not show that the US is substantiually less efective in providing health care. I know you will not believe me but the data is there. Here actually; http://www.nationmaster.com/cat/hea-health

"(O)ur private system, where patients must be denied as much care as possible in order to increase the stockholders' bottom line." is an outright lie! Nurse or no, this is not supported by the data.

"It should not be a private industry, but one of the things provided to its citizens by the government". Ok! Then show me where this power is granted to the Government by it authorizing Government?

"A healthy worker is a productive worker. The truth, but never will I see it in my lifetime." Then you are not doing your job!

6:14PM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Bipartisanship does not work in this toxic environment. When the Repubs boldly state that their primary goal is to defeat Pres. Obama in 2012, and vote "no" on everything, how can any sane person believe their words when they accuse Obama of not extending his hand. He did from the beginning, and it was bitten every time. I expect it of Repubs -- no integrity. But I expect Obama to learn from the first two years, and stop this silly try for common ground. There is no common ground. They believe one thing, and Dems are for another. Period.

The sad part for liberals and progressives, is that we know that reform of health care is necessary, and we wanted real health care reform, not health insurance reform. It was never given a chance -- single payer was never on the table. The public option or Medicare for those 55-65 was taken away. There are no controls against the insurance or pharmaceutical companies. All the evidence is there for anyone to read of how poorly America stacks up against other civilized countries in health care outcomes. It is all due to our private system, where patients must be denied as much care as possible in order to increase the stockholders' bottom line. I'm an R.N. and I know that health care is not the place to make a buck. It should not be a private industry, but one of the things provided to its citizens by the government of those citizens. A healthy worker is a productive worker. The truth, but never will I see it in my lifetime.

6:26PM PST on Nov 25, 2010

"GOPs are hypocrites! Those who voted for them are criminally insane! "

Actually the people voted AGAINST the Democrats!!!

6:57PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

They are hypocrits of the first water and the Kool aid is flowing like the Mississippi.

10:47PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

Existing allopathic medicine has been a disaster for the last hundred years , It has no intention of curing anyone . It makes sure everyone gets ill and remains that way ,so they can maltreat and charge us to the max. It makes no difference who introduces what type of health care,.it is always ends in more sickness care and premature death.
The depopulation agenda by the WHO has been in full swing for as long as they have been in control of Governments and Global health {sickness} policy. The only way to be healthy is to stay away from doctors , medical drugs and vaccines.. Demand health freedom and high quality umpolluted nutrition and known natural remedies that actually work. like coloidal silver, high doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin D3 as well as enzymes, Bicarbonate and numerous other nutrients that work as potent antioxidants Don't be fooled by promises of cures. They are designed never to happen.
As a killer Iatrogenic medicine is in a class of it's own.

6:52AM PST on Nov 21, 2010

GOPs are hypocrites! Those who voted for them are criminally insane! Thanks for absolutely nothing to those criminally insane- I have pre-existing conditions, can't afford health insurance, and insurance offered at my job is a joke only for those in perfect health- won't cpver my chronic illness! WE need universal healthcare now!!!!!!

11:52PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

""promote the general welfare" "

The most misunderstood clause in the Constitution!

11:40PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

Insurance companies are profit oriented. By denying payment, they make more money. Profit above people. The government doesn't really care about individuals either, but it's supposed to "promote the general welfare" of people. The government is non-profit, and has less motivation to deny coverage.

8:07PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

Insurance companies are not evil. Neither are they charities or benevolant services like churches. They are businesses. Private businesses. If they don't make money, they go broke and go out of business. If they have to pay out more than you pay in, they go broke. It's free market, folks. Capitalism at its best.

3:39PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

"ANY of them meant what they said when they were wanting "'bipartisan' measures"

Democrats have no idea what that word means!!

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