PERSONA NON GRATA
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"Somehow this notion that we are willing to compromise too much reminds me of the debate we had during health care," Obama said. "This is the public option debate all over again. So I pass a signature piece of legislation where I finally get health care for all Americans, something that Democrats have been fighting for for 100 years, but because there was a provision in there that they didn't get that would have affected maybe a couple million people, even though we got health insurance for 30 million people, and the potential for lower premiums for 100 million people that somehow that was a sign of weakness and compromise. Now if that's the standard against which we are measuring success or core principles, then let's face it, we will never get anything done. People will have the satisfaction of having a purist position, and no victories for the American people. And we will be able to feel good about ourselves and sanctimonious about ourselves about how good our intentions are, how tough we are."First off, it is the public option debate again because the problem is the same: when push comes to shove, Obamacon caves. The public option was the quid pro quo for progressives in the Democratic Party. The insurance industry was dead set against it because they knew the competition would act as a drag on profits. IF the President had fought harder for the crucial provision which he supported during his campaign, then we would now have a real "signature" victory not just a rhetorical one: low cost public health insurance in return for mandatory coverage. This is not about appearing tough, it is about basic social justice. Obama assumes that his "reform" is going to produce lower insurance premiums. But the actual experience in Massachusetts with a similar insurance scheme is that health insurance costs have gone up. Further, he assumes that only a few Americans would have opted for less expensive non-profit insurance. He must be using Goldbag's crystal ball for that conclusion posing as fact. His willingness to placate Washington's almighty business interests is a far cry from bringing change to our nation's politics. It is simply more of the same old politics, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Did he have to give away billions in future tax revenue to the hereditary wealthy to obtain a temporary economic stimulus? He could have struck a blow for deficit reduction, and the equitable principal of progressive taxation by simply allowing the wealthy's tax holiday to end. But his heart is not in the right place, despite the assurance of Mrs. Obama to the contrary. Forty-four personally identifies* with the elitists whose interests he so clearly protects.
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