Sunday, July 19, 2009


Hope for Good Change: Obama's Health Care "Reform" on the Ropes.

Part of my daily blog reading includes Post Politics: Political News and Views part of the Nashville Post website. I find it the best single source for me to keep up with my native state, Tennessee.

Today Post Politics quotes the New York Times quoting Tennessee Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen and another Democratic governor.
“Medicaid is a poor vehicle for expanding coverage,” added Mr. Bredesen, a former health care executive. “It’s a 45-year-old system originally designed for poor women and their children. It’s not health care reform to dump more money into Medicaid.”

He was far from alone. “As a governor, my concern is that if we try to cost-shift to the states we’re not going to be in a position to pick up the tab,” said Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington, also a Democrat.
In another post, Post Politics also notes (via The Hill Briefing Room blog) that, finally, we're seeing bipartisan cooperation, against Obama's health care plan.
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) asserted that an "interesting development" is taking place underway that, if true, could effectively remove Democratic leadership from the driver's seat on health care reform legislation in the House.

"There's an interesting development occurring behind the scenes, wherein moderate Democrats — so-called "Blue Dog" Democrats — and business-friendly new Democrats are actually starting to have conversations with us to build a coalition from the center outward, to actually really come up with substantive and well-founded health care reform," Boustany said during an appearance on Fox News. "And that's the only way to do this."
As someone whose income is only slightly above the national average and with three children for whom I provide health insurance, I would love a more affordable health care system. Observing government in action since sometime in grade school, I possess little faith in government to efficiently, economically and fully meet the health care needs of my family.

I believe that if Obama and company were proposing truly good health care legislation they would encourage open and lengthy debate on the issues. They would welcome in-depth analysis of the legislation and input to make it better. However, they did quite the opposite in the House and are attempting to do the opposite in the Senate. These are not the actions of people to be trusted, especially with your lives.

Thank goodness there are Democrats out there with the courage to speak the truth ever if it's counter to the words of our president.

I just hope those Democrats will stay strong and not cave in. I am a little cynical, though.
"little cynical?" I'd say a lot of cynicism is due.
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