“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.