The Healthcare Show

On Thursday, February 25, 2010, President Obama and a select group of both Republicans and Democrats gathered together for the titular purpose of working out at least a framework for a bipartisan Healthcare Reform Bill.

Of course Obama chose to have this event televised unlike much of the previous, substantive meetings involving ObamaCare.

As anyone with a working brain could expect, this was far more about politics – specifically the upcoming 2010 Congressional Midterm Elections and Obama’s bid for reelection in 2012 – than it was about legislation or building consensus or bipartisanship. It was a many hour long series campaign ads paid for by we, the People.

From the reactions to it that I’ve seen today, I’d say that it was a failure and one that hurt the Dems more than the GOP since the Dems have more incumbents in the 2010 elections than the GOP does. Oh well, perhaps they’ll learn something from this – but I doubt that, on the off chance that they do, it’ll be the right lesson.

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2 Responses to “The Healthcare Show”

  1. zhann Says:

    Whenever a politician dances in front of the media, votes are always on their mind. This is simply a given. However, being an advocate for universal health care, I am of the opinion that this particular circus did a good job of showing how little republicans really care for the welfare of their constituents, and are more concerned with the welfare of their industry base. Obviously, the Democrats aren’t far from this either, but at least in this respect they are putting forth an effort to show that they care at least a tiny bit about the welfare of the lower class American people.

    Why the lower class American people don’t care for their own welfare, thats a different story altogether. General aside, isn’t it weird that Democrats, and liberals in general, tend to fight for the lower income families alongside working class, while the lower class families tend to vote republican? It seems that taxes is of greater concern to them than help, while the difference in taxes is relatively trivial with respect to the benefit accrued.

  2. jonolan Says:

    zhann,

    True; if the only argument for ObamaCare were argumentum ad misericordiam, and the only arguments against it were based in a lack of pity, then the Dems did a good of showcasing their position. Their Oprah-esque anecdotes were certainly useful in that regard.

    “Why the lower class American people donít care for their own welfare, that’s a different story altogether.”

    Has it occurred to you that these “lower class families” realize that the Dems aren’t interested in their welfare, only their subsidence and their servitude? Perhaps they just don’t want to compromise their pride and their liberty in order to live on hand-outs.

    Think about it. Can you name a single Democrat social program that was designed to help the poor reach the middle class or the middle class each the upper?

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