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Daniel Bahr, German former health minister, becomes 'Obamacare' advisor
Deutsche Welle ^ | February 2, 2014

Posted on 02/02/2014 4:48:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

After speaking with Daniel Bahr about his new job, the Bild am Sonntag paper asks: "Will 'Obamacare' become 'oBAHRmacare'?" The pro-business Free Democrat says he's found it amusing to be branded a "socialist."

Daniel Bahr lost his place in the German cabinet when the pro-business Free Democrats imploded at the polls in September general elections, missing the 5-percent hurdle required to guarantee parliamentary representation for the first time in post-war Germany.

"Don't worry about me, I'll find something," Bahr had said shortly after the defeat.

Just over four monhs later, the 37-year-old Free Democrat told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag that he was "taking a timeout" from politics in Berlin, starting work in Washington as an advisor to the US government.

"Starting in mid-February, I will accompany the US health reform process and also be active in an advisory capacity at the US think tank 'Center for American Progress'," Bahr, who served as health minister from May 2011 to the end of 2013, told Bild.

Overhauling the US' primarily private health insurance provision system was a key campaign talking point for Obama when he was first elected in 2008. Five years on, the "Affordable Care Act" more commonly referred to as "Obamacare" remains a work in progress. Facing considerable resistance from the opposition Republicans, and now difficulties with a government website meant to serve as the purchasing portal for the new insurance options, the three-year-old legislation remains incomplete mid-way through the Democrat president's second and final term.

Pro-business liberal in Germany, socialist in US

"It's unbelievably exciting to follow the American discussion on President Obama's health reforms. Although as a free-market liberalist, I had to chuckle when I was labeled a 'socialist' in a discussion, because I asserted that every citizen should have health insurance," Bahr said.

Among Germany's major political parties, the Free Democrats represented the most overt advocates of an unfettered free market, a liberalist party as opposed to the popular modern US definition for the term "liberal."

While the state and federal governments largely run hospitals in the country, Germany uses a primarily private health insurance system bolstered by a string of state guarantees and safety-nets. German insurance companies are subject to state regulation, and employers are usually expected to contribute to their staff's healthcare costs.

Bahr's stay in the US, along with his wife Judy Witten and their baby daughter Carlotta, is currently scheduled to last only until the summer. Prior to this, the keen marathon runner will seek to beat his personal best of 3 hours and 47 minutes in April's Boston Marathon.

"I'm taking a timeout from the Berlin political business. I've lived in the fast lane for years as health minister and electioneer. My wife and I are looking forward to this interval in a different culture with all-new impressions," Bahr said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Germany; Government
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; danielbahr; germany; obama; obamacare; zerocare

1 posted on 02/02/2014 4:48:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I guess there weren't any former Cuban government officials available.
2 posted on 02/02/2014 4:49:50 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Not yet, at least.


3 posted on 02/02/2014 4:50:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because the health care system in Germany works so damn well!


4 posted on 02/02/2014 4:53:19 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bahr's as happy as a little girl.


5 posted on 02/02/2014 4:54:44 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Vell, Herr Obama, I am noticing zat you haff a number of -- how shall I say? -- useless eaters in your country. But, not to vorry, I haff a suggestion ..."
6 posted on 02/02/2014 4:54:47 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Late January 2017, Daniel Bahr stands up to say, “Hi, my name is Daniel Bahr, and I am an Obamaholic.” Many ex Obama administration officials now out of work respond, “Welcome Daniel. Hickup!”


7 posted on 02/02/2014 4:54:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

so many Americans out of work, a president claiming to work on the joblessness, and 0bama goes out and hires a foreigner to work for hime... what a guy...


8 posted on 02/02/2014 4:57:05 PM PST by Ranger Warrior
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

9 posted on 02/02/2014 4:57:45 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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10 posted on 02/02/2014 5:00:28 PM PST by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like we don’t have enough Socialists in this country, so Obumbles has to import them from Germany now. I’m sure this will work out really well for Americans.


11 posted on 02/02/2014 5:00:51 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet



"You Know the Germans Always Make Good Stuff!"

12 posted on 02/02/2014 5:01:27 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just watched the VW commercial. Enough with the German kraut engineering’ crap. We’re in America. If they are so damn good, how come America beat the shit out of them TWICE in 2 world wars??


13 posted on 02/02/2014 5:03:43 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Mastador1
Because the health care system in Germany works so damn well!

It might.

Do you know that it doesn't?

14 posted on 02/02/2014 5:21:42 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: max americana

I don't know, but a 1984 Mercedes diesel sedan that I bought for $100 in 2004 is still going with very minimal maintenance (because I can't afford different) although every day I expect it to die. Two years ago I replaced the ORIGINAL battery. Think a Ford or a Chevy would've done as well?

15 posted on 02/02/2014 5:23:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yup. I’m sure that this German guy who didn’t want the best for his own people will be glad to make sure America gets the best possible health care. Give me a break.


16 posted on 02/02/2014 5:23:54 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crused it. -M. Twain)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
It might. Do you know that it doesn't?

YES! Actually I do, I have relatives that are both in the system as patients and as Doctors, and if you are elderly and not well off you are screwed! So it makes perfect sense that obamaramadingdong would look to Germany for expertise.

17 posted on 02/02/2014 5:29:41 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

Which system, the public system or the private system?


18 posted on 02/02/2014 5:33:39 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

That is what Obamacare is lacking, not enough Nazis...


19 posted on 02/02/2014 5:35:11 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: max americana
If they are so damn good, how come America beat the shit out of them TWICE in 2 world wars??

We had a country back then that built better MEN.

20 posted on 02/02/2014 5:37:31 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Call for Dr. Mengele...call for Josef Mengele.....


21 posted on 02/02/2014 5:38:47 PM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A German Obamacare advisor? That’s creepy.


22 posted on 02/02/2014 5:43:19 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

Wait ‘til the North Koreans show up.


23 posted on 02/02/2014 5:44:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

The Death Panels will be busy.


24 posted on 02/02/2014 5:44:51 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Delta Dawn

Are you saying that Germans are Nazis?


25 posted on 02/02/2014 6:02:00 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I am saying that the Nazis would have been proud of any US president who issued mandates to his subjects...

Why do we need non-Americans to help administer American laws?

Want to guess?


26 posted on 02/02/2014 6:14:36 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Delta Dawn
I didn't say I like the appointment, nor the German healthcare system...it's just that I resent the Nazi association with current day Germans

That's like saying Southerners are all Klan.

By the way, the German system involves either private insurance companies, or a government program.

Why do we need non-Americans to help administer American laws?

We don't, but we have had the likes of Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski in the past, as well as having scored Werner von Braun and other WWII rocket scientists.

27 posted on 02/02/2014 6:35:51 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

The two you mentioned were American citizens.


28 posted on 02/02/2014 6:45:30 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Vendome

Sorry, that is over the top. Germans today are honorable.


29 posted on 02/02/2014 6:52:48 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Some of the posts on this thread make me ashamed to be a Freeper. If this keeps up, I’m going incognito....


30 posted on 02/02/2014 6:55:34 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Well of course if you have money the private system is great, just like Britain, Canada and all the other socialist systems. It is those who are stuck in the public system, you know the little people who worked all their lives and and payed into that get screwed, just like obama and the libs want for America.


31 posted on 02/02/2014 7:11:48 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Delta Dawn

Well they didn’t start out that way did they.

This guy could get naturalized as well...who knows. Knowing this bunch, they could just grant him a quicky citizenship.


32 posted on 02/02/2014 8:14:45 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Mastador1
if you have money the private system is great, just like Britain, Canada and all the other socialist systems. It is those who are stuck in the public system, you know the little people who worked all their lives and and payed into that get screwed, just like obama and the libs want for America.

Oh, you mean just like here and now...with the extreme MediCaid expansion (medical welfare) and the new and improved "Guaranteed Issue" policies with a 300% premium increase.

Germany does not have "single payer".

33 posted on 02/02/2014 9:20:58 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

They just have expensive no care for regular people. You have a nice night I’m tired of people who know better what my family live through than my family does. God Bless the experts no matter what they don’t know.


34 posted on 02/02/2014 9:33:45 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1
God Bless the experts no matter what they don’t know.

I know that Germany does not have single payer.

35 posted on 02/03/2014 7:12:50 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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