It’s the Plan, Stupid
Obama and his band of liberals have gone to great lengths to avoid the mistakes made by the Clintons on their failed health care plan. The Clinton’s wrote the entire plan from Hillary’s command post. Obama is leaving the bill-writing entirely to congress, with barely a nudge here and there. Clinton took the better part of a year to get the plan out. Obama has done nothing but hurry, lest his charisma lose its glow. Insurance industry ads helped bring down ClintonCare, so Obama has bought off the insurance industry, big Pharma, the AMA, the AARP, the unions, and anyone else he can think of.
Everything is different this time–everything, that is, except the plan. The Democrats are seeking mostly the same policies they sought 15 years ago: mandates, regulations on insurance companies, new government-managed markets. The major difference is that this time they also want a “public option,” an insurance program open to everyone and run by the government. Obamacare is Clintoncare with a little more liberalism.
The Democrats have apparently concluded that it was tactical blunders that sank Clinton. It wasn’t. It was his plan. Like today’s plans, it had too many conflicting goals. [italic added]No amount of clever strategizing is going to make the sales job easier this time. Instead, the President is in a series of double binds. The more he emphasizes how much has to change, for example, the more people are going to doubt his pledge that they can keep their doctor.It is health-care reform’s own contradictions that are causing it to sink.
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