Skip to comments.Obama's Next Big Push
Posted on 09/01/2009 2:27:49 AM PDT by Scanian
Regardless of the outcome of ObamaCare, if past behavior signals the future, the Obama administration's next big push will be to mute its most successful critics.
It will come as no surprise when ObamaCare proponents invoke the name of Ted Kennedy to promote passage of a healthcare reform bill when Congress reconvenes. "Let's win one for the Gipper" will become "Let's win one for ol' Teddy." But will that alone tip the balance in favor of healthcare reform as represented in the House's version? Not likely.
Nor is it likely that the Obama administration will declare defeat and retreat from the Beltway battlefield, revise the plan, and come at it again, later. That could send it down the path paved by President Bush's efforts to reform Social Security -- to oblivion.
More likely, ObamaCare will morph into a watered-down compromise bill acceptable to moderate Republicans. Close scrutiny will reveal that it contains one or more camel noses under the tent that offer entry points for later expansion. But the noses won't be so blatantly odious as to invoke the level of opposition we've witnessed at recent town hall meetings.
President Obama will herald passage of a healthcare reform bill as an example of bipartisan collaboration. The far Left base of the Democrat Party will be angry, but recover quickly. After all, they're not about to vote Republican or Libertarian.
Conservative Republicans will issue warnings against the camel's nose, but they'll be out-voted by Democrats with help from moderate Republican Senators that could include Snow, Murkowski, Martinez, Grassley, Lugar, Collins, Graham, McCain, and others.
The legacy media will herald the passage of healthcare reform legislation as evidence that the Obama administration has taken control of the agenda away from the far Left Democrats in Congress, has asserted his presidential leadership authority, and now plans to work in concert with the more reasonable centrist Republicans. Expect a New York Times headline that suggests that Obama is following the Clinton strategy of moving toward the Center. But it'll be a myth.
Meanwhile, the legacy media will paint rightwing conservatives as having suffered a stunning defeat by the passage of a healthcare bill, any healthcare bill. Imagine a Washington Post headline that reads "Conservative Republicans Fail to Defeat Healthcare Reform".
A kumbaya moment will accompany the ceremony where Obama signs a bill surrounded by Democrats and moderate Republicans not facing a serious challenge for re-election in 2010. And that's about how long the group hug will last -- a moment.
While the Cap & Trade Bill ricochets around inside the Senate, Rahm, Reid and Pelosi will launch a full-scale assault against the frontline opposition to the fundamental transformation of America that Obama promised as the election approached last November. Namely, against leading radio talk show hosts and some FOX News television personalities. It will, of course, all be done in the name of civility, fairness and diversity. Media reform is good for America, its proponents will claim.
That I believe would be the tipping point
I agree. Any reference to Kennedy and the health care debate with invite ridicule upon ridicule.
WWMJD-What Would Mary Jo Do?
Kopechne Care - Do as Teddy did - nothing, let it die.
Does this health care bill give everyone the same access to treatment that Teddy got?
It will just go on and on........
This is just like the book Animal Farm.
They took the body of the old pig Major and put him on display, as an icon for their movement.
There is a predictability and a certain base immaturity to collectivism. Incredible how effective it is for so many people.
Is that not the most disgusting rallying cry you have ever heard? Yeah, I should surrender my health care to the US government in honor of a bloated rich kid who never gave a damn about anyone but himself, and left a trail of destruction in his wake, including a dead 29-year-old woman.
Aye, and there's the rub. Even when the dynamics are understood, there's just so many of them. But then, if you look at the complete penetration of Leftist education into society at every level, and the near universal liberal reliance on antidepressive meds, you get the idea that this massive number of functionally immature, screaming, kneejerk adultolescents might not be an accident, but the deliberate creation of legions of long-term "community organizers"...
The hive instinct.
Hasn't this already failed as a strategy?
The author's theory seems to encompass all the players except the American people. I think passage of any health-care bill will ensure their defeat in November. Let's remember, the principal objection to this bill is the fact that the administration wants to do it now, and avoid dealing with the primary concern of the people-the economy, so passing it will be yet another overreach, and just another backfire, IMHO.
Am hearing n ow that Obama is cutting over a billion dollars of medicare reimbursement from oncologists and heart specialists and transferring that money to family care doctors.
What if government single payer health care was set up 40 years ago?
Would Senator Ted Kennedy end of life care be different?
Answer YES. No surgery or other treatment, just a pain pill.
Would his life have been shortened because treatment would have been too expensive?
Anger Yes. He would have died months ago.
OR MORE IMPORTANT
Would there been a exception made for an elite progressive socialist leader?
Answer What do you think?
Immigration has to be right up there on the list and adding a few more czars too.