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In early March, President Obama gave a speech on health care reform proclaimed that time for talk is over. He declared that everything that is to be said about the bill has been said. The only thing remaining, according to Mr. Obama, is a simple up or down vote. The President has since made four campaign style stops talking about only health care. His aides have been on all Sunday talk shows to talk about health care. So it seems the time for talk is over only if you oppose the health care bill. Just like he did in the so called bipartisan summit, Obama has appointed himself judge and jury on the subject of health care. He tells you what the truth is and what is misleading political falsehood. He is the only all-knowing and objective arbitrator on this issue. Everyone else is either misinformed or trying to misinform.

The health care reform conversation has been reduced to the legalities of the tricks the Democrats want to use to pass it. The bill's actual substance is an afterthought. No one is disputing the fact that ten years of taxation provides only six years of benefits. Neither has anyone explained how $500 billion from Medicare cuts will be used to pay for half of this massive entitlement and then the same half a trillion dollars will be used to keep Medicare solvent. The administration has not been confronted on how the right to choose does not extend to health insurance. Under this plan, one is forced to purchase a private service as mandated by the government (advantages of which could include helping pay for a registered sex offender's hip replacement). Of course this is all dismissed as distractions and obstructionist tactics of Republicans. The only thing the Democrats seem to be concerned about is how to pass a bill before the recess. The level of desperation Obama and the Democrats have reached is embarrassing. At this point, almost anything will get the president’s signature as long it is labeled health care reform.

Congressional Democrats have completely dropped the pretense of trying to form a coalition or negotiating in good faith or listening to the public. In fact the major reason to get a bill passed before Easter is to avoid a repeat of the town halls the Democrats faced last year. They have locked out Republicans from the conversation and also given up on Democrats who oppose the bill on principle (abortion language, cost, and special deals). Their new target is liberal Democrats who voted ‘No’ the first time. They are planning to use sleight of hand tricks in manipulating process and inventing rules to pass the bill without actually voting on the Senate bill. This farce sets a dangerous precedent for the future but the health care obsession has blinded the Democrats to any such concern.

 

President Obama is doing his part in this opaque and politically motivated process. He is offering rides on Air Force One to coax Congressmen to vote in favor of health care. Mr. Obama constantly reminds people about how urgent the need for reform is. In fact it is so urgent that the benefits from the reform won't kick in until 2014. He also manages to keep a straight face when he insists that people will see the magical effects of his trillion dollar entitlement only after the bill passes. Last week the White House announced that now it does not oppose the special deals given to certain states. This easy malleability of principle is the hallmark of this President. He stands up for something unless it is politically expedient to back down.

The deception and blatant arm twisting that includes threats of mounting a primary candidate against the 'No' votes will probably help Ms. Pelosi sneak this radioactive legislation through. However it must be noted how much further the political process has devolved since Obama became President. The problems in Washington are not exactly a revelation. Everyone was aware of the fractured nature of things, including Obama when he ran as the change agent. He was supposed to fix the problems; instead he has doubled down on the old ways without losing a step. It takes skill to constantly decry the entrenched partisan ways of Washington while running a health care reform process that comprises of special deals for the drug industry through lobbyists, unsavory deals to win Senate votes, budgetary tricks to hide costs, and a total lack of bipartisanship.

The saintly rhetoric from a year ago has given way to a ridiculous reality show that a frustrated public has no choice but watch because, well, they can't find jobs. The placebo effects of the Obama experiment are long gone and voters have realized that instead of a real cure for the ills of Washington, all they got was a sugar pill.

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  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/christine-lakatos/ Christine

    Well said!

  • http://joannehuspek.wordpress.com Joanne Huspek

    Very well said.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Krutic A,

    Interesting article, I would just like to make a few points.

    so called bipartisan summit

    It WAS a by-partisan summit; in fact, the bill that you so adamantly appose IS by partisan, please look at it, both Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate combined, wrote it.

    The administration has not been confronted on how the right to choose does not extend to health insurance. Under this plan, one is forced to purchase a private service as mandated by the government

    Yes, they have, and as a veteran I will keep my single-payer, and you are not being told WHO you will be insured by, in addition, if you already have it, then lucky you because you can keep it. The greatest change that you will see, is that the insurer you now have will no longer be able to shift the rising cost of health care onto your back, in-order to keep their bottom-line healthy instead of YOU.

    one is forced to purchase a private service as mandated by the government (advantages of which could include helping pay for a registered sex offender’s hip replacement)

    What’s your complaint here? You have been giving death-row residents such as Charles Manson and Scott Peterson Cadillac health care for years, just as you have been giving single-payer to all of the Senators and Congressional members, past and present. Here is link for you.

    Congressional Democrats have completely dropped the pretense of trying to form a coalition or negotiating in good faith or listening to the public.

    It was never a pretense, they just finally said ,”Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.” – President George W. Bush

    Dennis Kucinich is correct, health care is civil right and not a privilege.

    :)Have a nice day.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    I have expressed my views as a consumer of socialized medicine who is a fiscal conservative any number of times here, and will not repeat myself.

    But, being that Obama is determined to extirpate my country and evict me from my home – it does get that personal, folks – anything that hobbles Obama’s agenda is a victory for me, and might lead my leaders to defy the SOB. Anything that brings the Jew-hater Obama down forces him to do more and more desperate things – another victory for me.

    You get the picture….

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Krutic A,

    Interesting article, I would just like to make a few points.

    so called bipartisan summit

    It WAS a by-partisan summit; in fact, the bill that you so adamantly appose IS by partisan, please look at it, both Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate combined, wrote it.

    The administration has not been confronted on how the right to choose does not extend to health insurance. Under this plan, one is forced to purchase a private service as mandated by the government

    Yes, they have, and as a veteran I will keep my single-payer, and you are not being told WHO you will be insured by, in addition, if you already have it, then lucky you because you can keep it. The greatest change that you will see, is that the insurer you now have will no longer be able to shift the rising cost of health care onto your back, in-order to keep their bottom-line healthy instead of YOU.

    one is forced to purchase a private service as mandated by the government (advantages of which could include helping pay for a registered sex offender’s hip replacement)

    What’s your complaint here? You have been giving death-row residents such as Charles Manson and Scott Peterson Cadillac health care for years, just as you have been giving single-payer to all of the Senators and Congressional members, past and present. Here is link for you.

    Congressional Democrats have completely dropped the pretense of trying to form a coalition or negotiating in good faith or listening to the public.

    It was never a pretense, they just finally said, “Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.” – President George W. Bush

    Dennis Kucinich is correct, health care is civil right and not a privilege.

    :)I added new links so I rewrote this comment.

  • Arch Conservative

    The picture in the article……..

    More truth than any of us, through our words, can bring to the table.

  • jelliegirl

    You are right on! I look forward to all your articles, well-written and well-researched =)

    Never a pretense? Whatever. “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”

    Rock on, Krutic A!

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    jelliegirl,

    Are you able to expound on the reasons that you like this article, or is this just a sound-bite?

  • http://cqpinion.blogspot.com/ Krutic A

    #5:
    The summit was bipartisan. It means both parties showed up. What was the outcome? Was a single Republican idea adopted into the final bill?
    Moreover, the bill is bipartisan – in its opposition. But that doesn’t sit well with the narrative Obama has of Republicans being obstructive. All these special deals and bribery and collusion is with Democrats. Republican senators or congressmen didn’t get any special deals. They weren’t bribed. So if the bill is so wonderful, why do the Democrats need to bribe their own kin?
    Do explain.

    Your second point: So since we pay to give healthcare to convicts in jail, lets add millions of other people on the list too? is that the logic? Besides, I doubt Manson is allowed to get a back x-ray when he feels like it. A free registered sex offender would have that right under this bill. I’d pay for his x-ray.

    Point 3: The greatest change I will see is people being forced to buy a private good. If I am at a job that does not offer insurance and I don’t feel like buying it for myself, are you saying I don’t and shouldn’t have that right?
    That is extremely concerning.

    And as for Congressman E.T (D-OH), I don’t see how a quote from a sold out/bribed congressman would sway anyone.
    Wonder what he was promised.. campaign stop by Obama (although I don’t think that is a good thing), a sub committee chairmanship (not going to happen because Democrats are going to get Slaughtered in November).. I’m sure we’ll learn about the backroom bribery soon enough. NY Times and Washington Post will publish something after the legislation safely clears all hurdles. Just so they can pretend to be journalists.

    And finally, are you really using George Bush as your defense? Grasping at straws aren’t we?

    I understand desperation and obsession does that to people.

    Obama sounded exactly like Bush in the his interview with Fox. I wish Baer had pointed that out. Don’t look now Mr. President, but you sound exactly like George Bush.