Health Care 'Reform': This Isn't What We Were Promised

John Aravosis

From AmericaBlog:

I'm sorry, but
this sounds to me like a White House talking point
to try to
assuage Democrats who thought the President was going to fight for what
he promised, not cave at the start and then cave at the middle and then
cave at the end. It's great that the health care bill "may" save 22,000
people a year who otherwise would have died without insurance (and
let's face it, no one should believe that number until this albatross
has been around for a few years and we see just how the insurance
companies react). But helping 22,000 poor people a year is not what we
were promised. We were promised health care reform that would help all
304 million people living in our country, not simply half the
population of the small town where I grew up.

It's an effective
tactic to play on liberal guilt, arguing "don't you want to save all
those poor people who are going to die?" But the fact remains that we
the people handed this President and this Congress control of the White
House, the US House of Representatives, and filibuster-proof control of
the US Senate. We handed them a GOP that was in tatters, and a populace
that desperately wanted change. And they blew it. They gave us
weakness and cowardice and fear in return. The President went back on
his promises from almost day one, and then stayed out of the entire
debate until - well - he's still not really involved in the debate,
other than to occasionally have his staff secretly try undercut his own
campaign promises.

It's not a success when you could have had an
A, and instead get a D+, strive
for a D+, and then have the nerve to say "look mom!" It's really
getting tiring hearing Democrats suggest that because their bill does
more than George Bush would have done, but otherwise they've gutted
their most important campaign promises, we should suck it up and be
happy. I voted for change, not pennies.

You had the best chance
in decades to make a difference in all of our lives, and you chose to
blow it. You don't deserve our praise. Or our votes.

finally, a word about moral hazard. If
we let them get away with it this time, on the supposed "most important
issue" of Obama's presidency, then forget about any other issue you care
about. The Democrats in Congress and the White House will use the same
"hey, at least you got 1/100th of a loaf" strategy on climate change,
gay rights, immigration, and more. Past is prelude. And the future is
looking mighty bleak if you thought the next three years were going to
be about change.

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