Paul Krugman is accepting of the compromise that is the current Healthcare Reform legislation. He identifies three groups of critcs: 1) teabaggers, 2) conservative fiscal scolds, and 3) progressives who wanted a single payer system. Krugman takes the position that the perfect should not be the enemy of the good. He evokes the Dickens’s story “A Christmas Carol” to make his point.
I am hoping that ole Paul is correct. We will see. What say you out there?
Obama may be smoking from the bistering attacks he has been receiving recently from formerly adoring editorial writers. See this from the WashPo and this from the NYTimes editorial staff. Word that the “public option” may not be necessary for health care reform has progressives everywhere, hopping mad. The chattering class are wondering out loud if 44th president has the ability to do anything but concede and bend over backward to achieve consensus. Is it true that Obama will opt to seek consensus even when doing so compromises his policies and promises?
Mr president, the time to fight for health care reform is not in September, instead this iron should be struck TODAY. Remember, Mr. President, in September you’re going have to start figuring out what you’re going to do about Guantanamo to meet your self-imposed deadline. You don’t strike me as the kind of student who decides to start studying the night before the final. Don’t put everything off until September.
I have started questioning in the last week, will Obama turn out t0 be greater disappointment than Clinton, than Carter? If he fails he will be a far greater disappointment than either of the preceding democratic presidents – Obama was supposed to be a “trasformative” president. He still has time to start acting like one.
The following is James Carvile’s suggestions on dealing with the GOP when it comes to healthcare reform:
“And strategist James Carvile became the first leading Democrat to suggest publicly that there might be political advantage in letting the Republicans kill healthcare.
“‘Put a bill out there, make them filibuster it, make them be what they are, the party of no,’ Carvile said. ‘Let them kill it. Let them kill it with the interest group money, then run against them. That’s what we ought to do.'” Read more at this Politico article.
I think that the GOP needs to pay in a big way for this disaster. What do you bloggers think ?