WASHINGTON (CNN) - What the country could easily see this week was a major success story for the Obama White House: A confirmation drama featuring Judge Sonia Sotomayor that left even Republican critics predicting an easy path to confirmation.
But just as Sotomayor was making major advances, a bigger initiative from President Obama, health care reform, was dealt a bruising body blow.
Douglas Elmendorf, chief of the Congressional Budget Office, said this of the leading Democratic health care proposals in the House and Senate: "In the legislation that has been reported, we do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount and, on the contrary, the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health care costs."
Translation: The bills, as they stand, do not meet the president's promise to reduce the long-term drain of health care spending on the federal budget.
Oh, yes, let's be sure to let the foxes back in the hen house after they ran it into the ditch for eight years! That makes perfect sense. How can anyone really take the Republicans seriously on this subject!
No matter, the Dems will prevail. The Party of NO, the Party of Do As I Say, And Not As I Do Family Values will fail.
Taxing healthcare benefits is not the way to go. It's expensive enough as it is. There needs to be serious negotiations with the private insurers prior to this legislation being passed. They need to know that we are pushing for a public option, so they need to begin lowering their cost now! You can call it blackmail if you want, but the insurance companies are aware people will opt out of their plans to go to a public option. If they become competitive right now, they won't have a high number of disenrollments.
They should, there will be lots and lots of damage to bring out to the American people during the 2010 and 2012 elections, so much it should set the lib agenda back another 40 years. It will then be close to 100 years out of date.
Public assistance currently eats up a little less than 4% of our GDP. Half of that or around 2% of our GDP is healthcare related. The other 2% is eaten up by public assistance to the "welfare queens" and "moochers" you republicans love to trot out. Most estimates place public assistance at 6% of our GDP by the year 2030. Of that 4% will be healthcare related. The other 2% will be the moochers. Will the rise in healthcare costs be because of that pesky baby boom retiring? No. That will only account for 1/6 of the increase. The other 5/6 of the increase will be from rising healthcare costs. Just throwing that out there for what it's worth. Have a nice day!
The majority of Americans want some kind of national health coverage. If we don't get it, and the giant insurance company lobby efforts to kill it win out, we need to vote every person who votes against it out. Our government is no longer working for us...but for big business.
If the GOP senses "fertile ground", it is from their own "droppings". This is a party deludedly full of itself after leading 8 years of abject FAILURE.....and the best they can offer is to hope that the people brought in to fix their mess fail too?!!? This party full of "droppings", top to bottom.
They may see "fertile grounds" in taxes and pocketbook issues, but it's too bad that their track record has proven them to be anything but the purveyors of good sense on taxes and pocketbook issues...that is unless you're in the upper 2% income bracket. They don't have any credibility on either issue – not where the majority is concerned. They've done their damage and landed us right where we are today. Only the brain dead would believe the republicans have the upper hand on issues.
After 8 years of the bush admin, I wouldn't trust a republican if he told me the sky was blue. Ah ha ha ha ha – they're taking advice from Ralph Reed!!! Now that's really hilarious!
Fertile ground? To moderates and Republicans it ought to be the land of milk and honey. Obamacare and the the rest of the moveon.org agenda is without a doubt a jarring wake up call. Think of it this way – they scammed you once by cramming the unread stimulus down our throats and now heatlhcare and cap & trade.
I think the Republicans probably see what they've always seen - $$$$$$$$$$.
Yep – dollars for the rich, dollars spent on no-bid contracts to the likes of Haliburton, etc.
Republicans see money for themselves.
Hey southerncousin: I thought I saw some revnuers down by your still. You better go see to it - now git!
And leave the big issues for us adults....you know, the ones who DIDN'T attempt to drive our country back into the Dark Ages these past 8 years.
This is the same GOP who is condemning the stimulus as a huge waste of money, while at the same time either begging for some of the money, begging for more of the money, or running their states into the grounds. Throw a rock and hide their hands-The GOP mantra.
As evident in the SCOTUS sideshow all the GOP is gonna do is fear monger and race bait about how the "white man" is being discriminated against using affirmative action laws and by those democratic pinko commie socialists who only want to take away our assualt rifles, burn our flag and hand out food stamps.
As for the real issues of health, education, welfare, economy and defense – "fogetaboutit". They will blame the Dems for everything under the sun including big toe bunions and lactose intolerance.
The rethug issues in 2010 & 2012 are gonna be the constant bleatings of race baiting about how the down trodden, gun lovin', bible toten' and overtaxed white minority in Dixie is being singled out for no reason at all except equality of opportunity for ALL Americans and how the brown people are here illegally and taking away the high paying lettuce picking jobs for the trailer park trash "real Americans" running meth labs.
If you think Pat Buchanan, Rushblo, Bill-O, Hammity and "Beck the Blatherer" are stiring this pot now just wait. Their best stuff is yet to come...
Hey GI Joe, how about the Obama sleeping with GE, is that not as bad as Haliburton? And why do some of you make such a stupid statement about the rich paying there fair share, they pay for the majority of us, how it that not fair for your unsuccessful life....
What is the republican plan? How are they going to fix things. It seems they like the idea of a large and growing underclass in to U.S. Lower wages for workers and big profits for large companies. Republicans are the last thing thing we need in times like these.
Hey GI Joe, how about the Obama sleeping with GE, is that not as bad as Haliburton? And why do some of you make such a stupid statement about the rich paying there fair share, they pay for the majority of us, how it that not fair for your unsuccessful life….
Dear Nuetral, labor creates wealth. Not the other way around. How much have real wages for working class gone up in the last 30 years of trickle down nonsense? How much have corporate profits gone up? Class warfare indeed. Have a nice day!
The CBO is right. The cowardly democrats have compromised too much with greedy lobbyists and the stubborn GOP and have released an over-complicated bill that does a little bit of good, but not nearly enough to curb the deficit like it should.
Wow big surprise not like the Republicans had a choice they didn't have the votes.
GI Joe, please. Just as many if not more democrats have gotten rich off the American people's backs. Remember the Clintons and all their cronies cashin in and Obama is so blantant he does it while he is in office and still no one says anything. All gov. contracts are minority these days and as an Asian business owner I know.
Simple as this, either you are for HealthCare Reform or you are against it will the real people please stand up one day you are for it the next against day against it.Either way someone is goin to have to pay for it so stop all the moaning and groaning and bickering and agree on something Republicans and Democrats please.