Skip to comments.NPR Blames Conservatives for Obama's Broken Promises
Posted on 01/23/2010 7:56:30 AM PST by Sub-Driver
NPR Blames Conservatives for Obama's Broken Promises By Candance Moore Created 01/23/2010 - 10:18
Whatever version of healthcare reform President Obama gets from Congress will look nothing like the promises he made while campaigning.
According to NPR, it has nothing to do with Obama belting empty campaign slogans. Rather, NPR fired off a litany of conservative bogeymen, from Republicans to moderate Democrats to Sarah Palin's "death panels" to explain why Obama's campaign message has failed to materialize.
In an article  printed Thursday called "Why Public Support For Health Care Faltered," NPR, in cooperation with Kaiser Health News, began with the assumption that President Obama really meant his dream of healthcare for all that would magically be free:
As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to pass a health plan with important benefits for the average American. For the typical family, costs would go down by as much as $2,500 a year. Adults wouldn't be required to buy insurance. No one but the wealthy would face higher taxes.
But a year later, the health care proposals in Congress lack many of those easy-to-sell benefits, which became victims of the lengthy process of trying to win over wavering lawmakers, appeasing powerful special-interest groups and addressing concerns about the heavily burdened Treasury.
Those with functioning memories recall candidate Obama's rhetoric being unrealistic from the start. All the way back in 2007, Politico predicted  he would run on lofty visions of hope that were more about emotion than results.
Just after his inauguration, many liberals even awoke to the reality that his campaign had promised the moon with no plan to deliver. In March 2009, a writer for Forbes, sensing disappointment in his future, angrily accused  Obama of "bait-and-switch" to get elected.
But NPR could not be swayed. Those sunshiny promises had just fallen "victim" to moderate lawmakers - and now with Scott Brown riding into Congress, there was one more easy target to blame:
Today, health care legislation is in serious trouble, lacking a critical 60th vote in the Senate following the election of Republican Scott Brown to the Massachusetts seat held by the late Edward Kennedy.
Of course, Brown is only a hindrance now because the Democrats spent an entire year with a supermajority and still couldn't get it done. NPR explained this away with three things:
Certainly, relentless attacks by the Republicans - as well as the Democrats' own inability to clearly articulate the benefits of the legislation - are partly responsible for the legislation's lack of popularity. So are crucial policy decisions made by Democratic leaders as they struggled to push the legislation through Congress, according to experts of different ideological persuasions.
So even though President Obama himself did  four prime-time television appearances, 158 interviews, and 23 town hall meetings - not even counting the daily presence of his advisors in the media - no one on the left was able to explain the president's agenda in public. This phenomenon didn't seem the least big strange to NPR.
Then throw in the "crucial policy decisions" (which is NPR-speak for the embarrassing blunders of the Louisiana Purchase and Cornhusker Kickback), and NPR would have us believe that Congress is full of bumbling, hapless Democrats vulnerable to Republican attacks.
NPR then went on to whine about key social issues that had turned into "distractions" along the way:
Putting together complicated legislation is always messy, but the health care debate has been especially prone to distractions, setbacks, reversals and deal-making. For months, Senate Democratic leaders searched for a compromise that would bring at least one Republican on board while trying not to lose liberal Democrats who threatened to withhold support. The fight over a government-run insurance plan, known as "the public option," took so much time and energy that other issues were eclipsed. The fracas over "death panels" during the August recess fueled a revolt against the legislation. Abortion emerged as a potent issue that nearly derailed the legislation.
"The longer the clock's running, the bigger the chance you have for something to pop up and surprise you," says Peter Harbage, a Democratic health policy consultant.
Nowhere did NPR consider that Democrats had tried to ram through emergency bills precisely because the unresolved details would get in the way. Apparently when it came to government healthcare, Congress should have passed a messy bill that left abortion unanswered before it had a chance to "pop up" in debate.
By NPR's logic, one can only surmise that Obama's campaign platform would be realistic if no one asked tough questions, no one was allowed to stall, the Democrats were given a louder microphone, and Republicans didn't do any attacking.
In other words: his campaign rhetoric was never going to seriously happen.
NPR finished off the piece by explaining that the "sheer complexity" of the issue led to "enormously complicated" bills that average Americans could not understand. It wasn't that Democrats had turned health reform into a boondoggle - it was just a natural result of highly complex issues the little people need not worry about.
If only those darn Republicans stopped scaring them with death panels.
i would love to cut their funding....
"Nothing" seems increasingly likely.
Oh, NPR. They used the wrong word again. That word should be "credits".
They should blame us stupid-ly people. We’re the ones at fault. To-wit, 1.2 million people in MA this week.
This should be among the top 5 position of the Tea Party movement. Either they make it on their own or go the way of Air America.
NPR deserves only one comment on this drivel:
"PBS's Lehrer Badgers Obama from the Left: What About Banks' 'Huge Profits?'
By Matthew Balan | July 21, 2009 - 11:56
"PBS's Jim Lehrer ... urged the executive to "crack heads"
to get his health care plan passed, and inquired if "taxing the wealthy" was an option to fund it.
Lehrer later pressed Mr. Obama on the "huge profits" being made by "big Wall Street banks.""
yes no reason for the US government to b e in the business.
The One is above blame.
This National Public Radio, right? Paid for with our tax money.
About as neutral as david Rodham gergen.
Sadly it works with many that only get sound bites and headlines as information.. There are multitudes that pay no attention to the reality; but just do as their contact leaders tell them.
This is always part of ‘how it is’. Makes it hard to correct.
God bless America, forgive us our sins, show mercy and turn us back to You with a clean heart, in Jesus name, amen.
PERHAPS THE FOLLOWING LINK WILL EXPLAIN WHY OBAMACARE IS NOT FARING WELL:
“NPR deserves only one comment on this drivel”
Gee, where’s the fairness doctrine when you need it?
Gee NPR... why not mention the constant ridicule of Americans who stood up for their country and ideals? Or is it only some community organizers that get credit for standing up for their communities?
Gee NPR... why not mention that Americans were overwhelmingly against govt. take over of health care?
Gee NPR... why not mention the corrupt ACCORN organization and the way their funding was cut off?
Gee NPR... oh... never mind.
Well, if they said conservative DEMOCRATS, they might have a point.
As usual, NPR plays fast and loose with the truth.
Please send this to your list....every real American you know.
“This should be among the top 5 position of the Tea Party movement. Either they make it on their own or go the way of Air America”.
...unfortunately, NPR is like a tax or a toll. You’d never be able to pull it’s funding. Too much public support due to stupidity, too much political support due to necessity.
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