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President Obama left his signature domestic policy in the hands of Congress, and now he is facing the consequences. From the outset of his presidency, Obama invited Congress to devise the details of health care reform legislation — an apparent bid to avoid what happened when President Clinton tried to overhaul health care 17 years ago.
Leaving it to Congress put an unusually glaring spotlight on how Capitol Hill does business. The spectacle of Congress’ horse-trading, secrecy and gridlock has fueled today’s virulent anti-Washington mood. The public’s reaction was all the greater because Obama had campaigned on a promise to change the way Washington did business, and because health care reform engendered such personal high hopes and anxiety. Continue reading
PUT IT ON TELEVISION!
Let anyone wishing to be obstinate do so in the light of day.
President Obama announced he will host a bipartisan health-reform summit with the country’s congressional leaders on February 25th. “I want to come back, after the Presidents’ Day congressional recess, and have a large meeting—Republicans and Democrats—to go through, systematically, all the best ideas that are out there, and move it forward,” Obama said.
Even I’m skeptical — me, the Pollyanna! Does anyone think meaningful reform is possible? I haven’t seen any hint that anyone in Washington actually knows what is needed to pass meaningful reform.
Republicans will need to have more than opposition. Their choice: show up and put their ideas on the table (snicker), or not show up at all. I expect Republicans to jump at the chance for the nation to hear all their wonderful ideas and solutions to our problems and challenges. We will have the opportunity to see whether they truly want to help Americans or they’d prefer to work hard toward helping America fail if that’s what it takes to defeat President Obama.
It will be interesting! When Obama trounces the Republican arguments (which won’t be difficult), will they fall back on Acorn, or blame the homosexual lifestyle?