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Rahmbo Leaks…for good reason

Emanuel and President Obama

When the Washington Post article by Dana Milbank concerning Rahm Emanuel hit, I took notice.  I have debated my father for over a year regarding my belief that Obama hasn’t tacked far enough to the center.

One prime example is the healthcare legislation.  What always puzzled me is that a bipartisan solution to healthcare that Democratic Senator Ron Weiden and Republican Senator Bob Bennett crafted was shown no love at all.  This bill was by no means perfect, but included good things such as:

  • succeeding in covering 99% of Americans
  • giving incentives to people so they could enroll in more cost effective healthcare plans to lower the cost
  • providing tough cost containment to save 1.4 trillion over 10 years
  • allowing individuals to keep their healthcare plan even when they switch jobs, or are in between jobs

I feel that a bill like this would have gotten respectable bipartisan support, and blunted the impact of protests from Republicans and the scores of interest groups.  They wouldn’t have been able to use an issue like the public option  as a tool to organize the deranged, but effective tea party movement, as they have successfully have thus far.

Rahmbo saw the writing on the wall.  He is a fiery/blunt, but effective political hand that will assure Obama is in the position to have a smooth re-election in 2012.  President Obama must realize that the man responsible for huge Democratic gains in the House during the 2006 midterms and 2008 elections is one voice in the administration that he can ill afford to ignore, especially on key pieces of legislation.

Intense debates occur in the White House before a President makes an important policy or legislative decision.  I’ll take Rahm over anyone right now. “Hope and Change 2012” depend on it.

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5 responses

  1. Sy

    It seems that great solutions, such as the ones proposed by Democratic Senator Ron Weiden and Republican Senator Bob Bennett, often go overlooked in this country for the greater benefit of a few people rather than the majority.

    March 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    • I agree Sy. I am a die hard Democrat, but I think that its terrible when we miss out on golden opportunities to pass bipartisan legislation. Its sad when individuals are afraid of angering their supporters, to the detriment of all of us. Many good things can come out of standing firm and going against an ally, especially if the end result will be good for the country.

      March 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

  2. Kirk D. Monroe, Jr.

    On this issue it is very hard to be bi-partisan. The Weiden-Bennett Bill, although crafted by two people of opposing parties, is still based around left of center principles. In other words the conservative argument is based more off of economic concerns, where the Democrats are more concerned with the business of insuring people.

    Democrats, although they are changing their positions, wanted a more comprehensive plan that will allow more regulation of insurance companies at the very least; or a competing government plan. Republicans on the other hand want free-market solutions: tort reform, interstate insurance purchasing power, and lowering the liability of doctors. All of which would lower premiums. You are not going to have bi-partisanship on this Bill because both sides are arguing about different things. This is entitlement vs. paying for these entitlements.

    In a nutshell when one party has control of the Legislative and Executive branches of government, do you really need input from another party? Especially when that dominating party feels like they have a moral upper-hand on its competing detractors.

    March 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    • Kirk, I think that a bipartisan solution could come about. All that must be done is for both democrats and republicans to understand that a compromise could be to take a few proposals from each side, and leave it at that. I personally don’t think that Obamas original healthcare plan was on overreach. I do feel that it was not politically possible to achieve, though. As you stated before, we democrats control the house, senate, and the white house…..but you saw how much arm twisting they had to do from within the party to get the votes for the bill.
      With the majorities we have..no we dont have to work with Republicans, but it would be in our best interest to do so, on certain pieces of legislation. Americans have showed time and time again that they prefer divided government. If you completely ignore the opposition and ram through only preferred legislation, it is guaranteed to backfire to an extent. Look what happened to the Republicans when they controlled both houses of Congress and the White House during the Bush years. They completely ignored Democrats, and next thing you know they were booted from office in droves. The same will happen to us, if we dont break the cycle.

      March 6, 2010 at 5:15 am

  3. Kirk D. Monroe, Jr.

    Well it looks like the Dems are going to use reconciliation to pass the Reid-Pelosi Bill. Bi-partisanship at its finest…lol.

    March 7, 2010 at 6:24 am

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