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With Daschle out, Obama should make Romney the healthcare-reform czar
Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 6, 2009 | Frank Micciche

Posted on 02/06/2009 1:54:43 PM PST by Zakeet

Picture the scene: a dignified Ted Kennedy stands beside President Barack Obama on a brisk, late winter day in the Rose Garden.

Mr. Obama laments the events that caused him to withdraw the nomination of his anointed healthcare-reform czar, former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, as Health and Human Services Secretary. Reaching back to the lofty rhetoric of his campaign, he implores his audience to look past his own lapse in judgment and seize the opportunity to implement sweeping national reform that puts health insurance within reach for the millions already uninsured – and the millions more whose coverage is jeopardized by the nation's economic crisis.

Then Senator Kennedy ambles to the microphone. He thanks Obama for his attention to what has been a more than 40-year personal crusade. He reemphasizes that now is the time to rise above partisan politics and address this central policy issue of our time.

"I've seen such an approach work," Kennedy declares, "in my own home state, where in just two years we've seen 500,000 people who were uninsured gain access to quality healthcare as a result of an agreement among Republicans, Democrats, hospitals, insurers, and the voters. They came together because they understood this issue was too important to remain bogged down in politics any longer. Now I am here to introduce my partner in that process; a man whose life experience spans the heights of the public, private and nonprofit sectors; a man whose commitment to the goal of seeing every American receive quality, affordable healthcare is every bit as strong as my own; the man who I believe can work with the president, the Congress and the entire healthcare system to reach this goal; my friend, my former governor, Mitt Romney."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhohealthcare; bhohhs; daschle; healthcare; liberalism; romney
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Is Mitt stupid enough to work with the RATS again? Even if it furthers his favorite liberal cause? Can he resist the temptation to tamper with lives? Can he turn down one more entitlement? Can he say no to his old pal Teddie? ...

1 posted on 02/06/2009 1:54:44 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Passaroony


2 posted on 02/06/2009 1:56:24 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Obama says we should listen to our enemies, but not to Rush)
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To: Zakeet

He won’t take it, it won’t be offered to him.


3 posted on 02/06/2009 1:57:12 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Zakeet

Just another seat we’ll lose...


4 posted on 02/06/2009 1:59:02 PM PST by mikelets456
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To: Zakeet

Mitt seems to have his eyes longingly set on the white house. He’s marginally better than McCain but I’d vote against him in the primnary.


5 posted on 02/06/2009 1:59:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Zakeet

Romney care in MA is going bankrupt. Mixed results at best.
It was a big problem for him in Pres race.


6 posted on 02/06/2009 2:01:29 PM PST by Fred ('There is no free lunch' Marc Faber)
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To: Zakeet
"Czar?" I thought this is America. What do we need a CZAR for???
7 posted on 02/06/2009 2:02:41 PM PST by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Zakeet

Why? So that we can get some form of government health care like Mass. has? No thanks. I am no Romney fan and it has nothing to do with him being Mormon (My family is Mormon and I like the religion fine).


8 posted on 02/06/2009 2:03:11 PM PST by HwyChile
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To: Zakeet

9 posted on 02/06/2009 2:05:32 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: HwyChile
and it has nothing to do with him being Mormon (My family is Mormon and I like the religion fine)

Nevertheless, you will be branded a hater if you don't bow down and worship Mitt the liberal.

10 posted on 02/06/2009 2:05:44 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: cripplecreek
He’s marginally better than McCain

I would reverse the order. He is marginally worse than McCain and I worked harder to defeat him and Giuliani than McCain in the primaries.

11 posted on 02/06/2009 2:10:11 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

Both suck. LOL


12 posted on 02/06/2009 2:12:05 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Zakeet

“Picture the scene: a dignified Ted Kennedy...”

Impossible


13 posted on 02/06/2009 2:12:28 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: Zakeet

This article is DUMB... It’ll NEVER happen. Romney would be Zero’s WORST enemy.


14 posted on 02/06/2009 2:12:32 PM PST by NYC Republican (This Too Shall Pass- in 8 years.. how much destruction will they create?)
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To: Zakeet
Real Republicans should not accept cabinet positions with Democrat presidents (and vice-versa). A Lutheran who joins a Catholic Church and starts going there on Sundays is effectively converting to Catholicism, even if he still calls himself a Lutheran (and vice versa).
15 posted on 02/06/2009 2:13:05 PM PST by utahagen
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To: Fred
I agree it was a problem but that's because the bill he signed was given a bankruptcy death by a thousand tweaks by the uber-lib MA legislature even before he left office.

While I agree that it was not the best idea, the fact is that if the Dems get their way with socialized care then the only way to return to healthcare with a market basis that covers all is to nix the single-payer system to a multi-choice system where everyone gets a basic set of services among a choice of plans that compete against each other, with options to heighten ones coverage for extra out-of-pocket expense. A state system within a state system.

That will be the only market-based way out if socialized healthcare is enacted.

16 posted on 02/06/2009 2:14:16 PM PST by torchthemummy (My apologies if this post retreads on ground already covered!)
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To: Zakeet

My fear is that Romney would accept if offered.


17 posted on 02/06/2009 2:19:16 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Zakeet

I thought that the MR plan was a disaster, or turned out that way.


18 posted on 02/06/2009 2:19:19 PM PST by svcw
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To: Zakeet

Perfect job for Willard the rat.


19 posted on 02/06/2009 2:21:28 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soreto?), change America will die for.)
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To: Zakeet

This would require Mitt to flip BACK on abortion. It would require him to embrace socialism FULLY (as opposed to just snuggling up to it as he did in Massachusetts). It would be an excellent way for Mitt to slit his own throat and write his obituary with the Republican base.


20 posted on 02/06/2009 2:24:25 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: cripplecreek

All three suck, actually.


21 posted on 02/06/2009 2:27:26 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

My omission of Rootie was purely an oversight.


22 posted on 02/06/2009 2:29:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: SparkyBass

THEY’RE EVERY WHERE, THEY DON’T KNOW THEY’RE TAX CHEATS, THEY ARE ELITISTS ABOVE THE LAW.


23 posted on 02/06/2009 2:37:02 PM PST by 11th Commandment (United States is a NOW a Terrorist Nation- we export abortion!)
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To: MrEdd

“I would reverse the order. He is marginally worse than McCain and I worked harder to defeat him and Giuliani than McCain in the primaries. “

Thank you. That’s why we have BHO.


24 posted on 02/06/2009 2:37:56 PM PST by Buck W. (BHO: Selling hope, keeping the change.)
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To: Buck W.

No it is not.

We have BHO because the republicans ran a liberal at all. Not because of which Liberal they ran.

I would have voted for Allan Keyes anyway - had the pubbies ran Mitt or Rootie, and I know quite a few people who didn’t vote at all, given the two major candidates.

Thank you for playing.

Next contestant.


25 posted on 02/06/2009 2:42:58 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

“Thank you for playing.

Next contestant.”

Spoken like BHO.

No, you see, a big component of the reason that we have BHO is that pseudo-cons actively destroyed the conservative with the best chance of winning the presidency: Rudy Giuliani.


26 posted on 02/06/2009 2:45:22 PM PST by Buck W. (BHO: Selling hope, keeping the change.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Mitt will never do this. He has embraced Conservatism and needs to kick back and wait for 2012. He should take on some new challenge like saving some newspaper or some Hollywood Studio.


27 posted on 02/06/2009 3:28:24 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Zakeet
With Daschle out, Obama should make Romney the healthcare-reform czar

Absolutely. Of course, Romney should also change his party affiliation to comply with truth-in-advertising standards.
28 posted on 02/06/2009 6:36:06 PM PST by CowboyJay (Stop picking on Porkulus. He's not fat, he's just big-boned.)
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To: mikelets456

What seat would that be?


29 posted on 02/06/2009 6:40:03 PM PST by csmusaret (Call any Congresscritter at 1-877-762-8762. Tell them what you think.)
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To: Buck W.
Look troll, if you want to come here and stump for liberals fine, but don't expect to sell people on your notion that liberals are really conservatives if they have (Republican) in front of their name on the ticket.


30 posted on 02/07/2009 1:11:29 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
"Mitt will never do this. He has embraced Conservatism ...

One should examine what Socialist Bishop Romney DID, not what he then said or claimed.

Ignore Romney's past abdication to Democrats - check
Ignore Romney's appointment of corrupt, liberal pro-criminal judges, overlooking GOP candidates - check
Ignore Romney's usurping Mass Constitution - check
Ignore Romney's wussiness to criticism using tears and fabricated 'religious persecution' - check
Ignore Romney is the MSM's choice because they have files already prepared against him - check
Ignore Romney's coverup of the "Big Dig" for donations - check.
Ignore Romney's bankruptcy of Mass for his HillaryCARE=RomneyCARE - check
Ignore Romney's refusal to let citizens vote on his socialist plans - check
Ignore Romney's targetting of other GOP candidates - check
Ignore Romney's decimation of Mass GOP and that he couldn't win Mass to Hillary -check
Ignore Romney's real impact on Massachusetts - check
Ignore Romney's federal bailout of the Olympics - check
Ignore Romney's begging for a federal bailout of RomneyCARE - check
Ignore Romney's use of fake law enforcement officers (caught in at least two states) - check
Ignore Team Romney's attacks on Gov. Palin and her children - check


31 posted on 02/07/2009 12:30:54 PM PST by Diogenesis (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Zakeet

ROFLMBO


32 posted on 02/07/2009 7:37:43 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Whatcha think ????


33 posted on 02/07/2009 7:42:50 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: MrEdd

Troll? You’re lashing out—you should have that checked. I’ve been here 4 years longer than you have. I’m a proud conservative, just like Rudy Giuliani. Thanks again for BHO, BTW.


34 posted on 02/07/2009 7:48:59 PM PST by Buck W. (BHO: Selling hope, keeping the change.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Perfect choice. No one is a big expert on implementing Socialist health “care” than Slick Willard.


35 posted on 02/07/2009 7:54:22 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Buck W.

You can be here as many years as you like and still be a flaming liberal, evidently.


36 posted on 02/07/2009 8:00:24 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Buck W.
"I’m a proud conservative, just like Rudy Giuliani."

You were being sarcastic here, weren't you ?

37 posted on 02/07/2009 8:10:52 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: MrEdd

Thank you for BHO.


38 posted on 02/07/2009 8:26:00 PM PST by Buck W. (BHO: Selling hope, keeping the change.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Nope.


39 posted on 02/07/2009 8:26:14 PM PST by Buck W. (BHO: Selling hope, keeping the change.)
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To: Buck W.

Aside from reducing the crime rate, there is almost nothing Rudy is a “Conservative” on.


40 posted on 02/07/2009 8:30:49 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Zakeet

Romney can go hide under a rock as far as i’m concerned!


41 posted on 02/07/2009 8:33:35 PM PST by dalereed
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To: cripplecreek

” He’s marginally better than McCain but I’d vote against him in the primnary.”

I wou;dn’t vote for him in the general!!!


42 posted on 02/07/2009 8:34:50 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Amen.


43 posted on 02/07/2009 8:35:36 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Graybeard58

“you will be branded a hater if you don’t bow down and worship Mitt the liberal.”

Get out your branding iron!


44 posted on 02/07/2009 8:36:13 PM PST by dalereed
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To: torchthemummy
Health care isn't a right, it's a privilege you should have to pay for.
45 posted on 02/07/2009 8:38:53 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Buck W.

Rudy Giuliani, I wouldn’t even consider a Republican, not even close!


46 posted on 02/07/2009 8:41:33 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

You’ll get a kick out of this:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2179870/posts?page=190#190


47 posted on 02/07/2009 8:44:52 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Zakeet

He should make me health care czar. There’d be some changes y’all could believe in!


48 posted on 02/07/2009 8:45:26 PM PST by meyer (The left is flooding the ship - let's quit bailing water. We are all John Galt.)
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To: dalereed

You should research and reconsider.


50 posted on 02/07/2009 8:48:20 PM PST by Buck W. (BHO: Selling hope, keeping the change.)
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