by Kathleen McKinley | February 25, 2010 8:10 pm
I don’t think the summit turned out quite the way Pres. Obama thought it would, and this is the reason why. 
Let me try something out on you: This health-care summit was a bad idea for the Democrats for this reason: They have long benefited from a perception — a perception greatly abetted by the media: The Republicans don’t care about health care, they don’t know about health care, they are the Party of No. All the ideas and caring are on the Democratic side.
It is not so, and it has never been so. And now everybody knows it.
Not only did Obama himself refer to the many ideas that Republicans had on health care, but it was clear that the Republicans cared deeply. They were well informed on all aspects of the bill, and voiced their concern about the costs and other provisions. It was also probably the first time that most Americans realized that all the Senators who are also Doctors, are Republican. They well defined how best to address costs and care by their own experience.
The most recent poll shows that 59% of Americans want Congress to start from scratch. Opposition has been between 46 and 59 percent, support between 31 and 41. It’s time for the Democrats to start listening to the American people. Pelosi made a big deal out of saying that too many have waited too long already. The only problem with that? Whether they pass reform tomorrow or a year from now, no one will be affected by the change until they are implemented. Which won’t be until 2014. So that is a false argument. Yet she repeated it.
Reid had the audacity to say that “no one is talking about reconcilation.” Even the mainstream media shook their head at that one. Reid has talked about it often, so that was a silly thing to say. Today’s Gallup poll says Americans oppose reconciliation 52% to 39%. That should put that idea to rest, but Democrats seem so determined that I wonder if they care at all what the American people want. It seems they only care what THEY want for the American people. We are back to that arrogance of knowing better that the Democrat leaders are famous for. More on that later.
The truth is that if Democrats hadn’t insisted on including funding of abortion at the beginning, they would probably already passed a health care bill. But members of their own party went against them on this important life issue.
But they have not learned their lesson. Because abortion is always the most important thing to them. So important, it was worth all this. If you are angry that heath care reform hasn’t passed, you can blame those in your party who insist on catering to the pro abortion lobby above all else.
Every version of the health-care bill has contained multiple pro-abortion mandates and federal subsidies for abortion, except for the version that was fixed by adoption of the Stupak-Pitts amendment. But Obama and Reid kept that provision out of the Senate bill. It had been used to get Stupak and other pro life Democrats (I love typing that..pro-life Democrats- music to my ears ) votes in the House, but then quickly dropped to satisfy abortion lobby. The final bill is the most pro-abortion piece of legislation since Roe v. Wade. It would result in direct federal funding of abortion through Community Health Centers, tax subsidies for private plans that cover abortion, and pro-abortion federal administrative mandates. When Obama said that no federal funds would be used to fund abortion, he was either flat out lying or he changed his mind. He should admit that now.
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I admit that I am not objective, but it did seem to me that the Republicans seemed genuinely well-prepared, and the Democrats did not. Why does this matter when most Americans were not watching it? Because Democrats in Congress were watching. They know that this isn’t changing anyone’s mind.
Which brings us back to reconciliation. It was made clear to them that reconcilation would probably be political suicide. But according to Politico, that may not matter:
After a brief period of consultation following the White House health-reform summit, Congressional Democrats plan to begin making the case next week for a massive, Democrats-only health-care, party strategists told POLITICO.
A Democratic official said the six-hour summit was expected to “give a face to gridlock, in the form of House and Senate Republicans.”
Democrats plan to begin rhetorical, and perhaps legislative, steps toward the Democrats-only, or reconciliation, process early next week, the strategists said.
I don’t think they realize the depth of anger that would be thrown at them by the American people if they push this down our throats this way. No idea.
Finally, was this nothing more than an effort by Obama to create a “false momentum,” for the health care bill as indicated by House Republican Whip, Eric Cantor? If so, that effort failed.
Who does Eric Cantor cite as the biggest force in defeating this bill? Pro life forces.
The wound that is abortion will never heal. It will always affect our lives and divide us until we address it as a people.
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