Daily Archives: August 14, 2009
So, if you listened to Obama, you would know that:
a.) this was not a government takeover of health care
b.) there was no possibility of government deciding to euthanize grandma
c.) there was no fear mongering on hs side
d.) the government was not going to decide who your doctor would be
Here’s how it went:
OK… so much for that. Max Baucus spoke earlier on and really laid into insurance companies, which surprised the hell out of me since their lobbyists have given him more money than many other Senators. Perhaps he means it.
The big difference between this Town Hall and the Senatorial ones (like the one I went to with Ben Cardin) the audience seemed respectful and all sides seemed to listen to each other. The key, I guess, is Obama’s presence and personality.
The President made it really clear that the Republicans and those opposed to the Health Care plan were trying every FEAR tactic they could to scare the public away from support. It is the clarity he brought to the situation… letting people see that FEAR is a technique and not a reality… which stood out.
Best of all, Obama still said he was behind having a Public Option to compete with the Insurance Companies.
“President Obama is now facing the same kind of opposition that President Bill Clinton had to deal with: an enraged right that denies the legitimacy of his presidency, that eagerly seizes on every wild rumor manufactured by the right-wing media complex.
This opposition cannot be appeased.”
And if it cannot be appeased perhaps it can be crushed.