8.19.2009

The "Public Option & the "Left of the Left?!"

To whomever was the anonymous source for This Washington Post Article Today

President Obama's advisers acknowledged Tuesday that they were unprepared for the intraparty rift that occurred over the fate of a proposed public health insurance program, a firestorm that has left the White House searching for a way to reclaim the initiative on the president's top legislative priority.

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"I don't understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their Waterloo," said a senior White House adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "We've gotten to this point where health care on the left is determined by the breadth of the public option. I don't understand how that has become the measure of whether what we achieve is health-care reform."

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… You’re a fucking putz.

You don’t understand? You should be fired.

The fact that you don’t understand means you came into this already not caring what the base of your party wanted, needed and expected from the very President THEY got elected. The people who went door to door weren’t the almighty minority of Conservadems and Blue Dogs. It was US. And, it was the youth of this country who I assure you won’t be a Conservadem or Blue Dog any time soon.

To Robert Gibbs…

The AP took your challenge today. The “left of the left” didn’t need to fact check you, because we already knew you were full of shit:
CLAIM: "I challenge you guys all to go back and see what we've said about this over the course of many, many, many, many months, and you'll find a boring consistency to our rhetoric," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.

THE FACTS: During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama said a new public plan should offer comprehensive insurance similar to that available to federal employees.

In the first half of the year, Obama said repeatedly in speeches, weekly radio and Internet addresses and town halls that he wants a health care overhaul that has a taxpayer-funded public health insurance option. He has said the plan would compete with private insurance to keep costs down.

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And in a June 3 letter to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Obama said: "I strongly believe that Americans should have the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans. This will give them a better range of choices, make the health care market more competitive and keep insurance companies honest."

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NO PUBLIC OPTION MEANS NO REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM AND YOUR HEALTH CARE BILL IS DEAD, AND THIS PRESIDENCY IS A FAILURE.

This isn’t 1994 Rahm. Liberal isn’t a dirty word and progressives outnumber you and you corrupt Blue Dogs Corporatists by healthy margins. They didn’t get you into the White House. We did. And, all the youth that came out en mass for Obama? They’re as Liberal/Progressive as they come.

NO PUBLIC OPTION MEANS NO REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM AND THE LOSS OF ALL YOUR FOOT SOLDIERS FOR 2010 & 2012.

THEY’RE MUCH SMARTER THAN YOU HAVE EVER GIVEN THEM CREDIT FOR.

From Rasmussen TODAY:
Without Public Option, Enthusiasm for Health Care Reform, Especially Among Democrats, Collapses

Just 34% of voters nationwide support the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats if the so-called “public option” is removed. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% oppose the plan if it doesn't include a government-run health insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

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The most dramatic impact is a sharp decline in enthusiastic support. Without the public option, only nine percent (9%) Strongly support the legislation. The earlier poll found 26% Strongly in favor of it.

That enthusiasm gap is especially significant since the percentage of those opposed to the legislation has consistently been higher. Last week’s poll found 44% Strongly opposed to the reform legislation. If the public option is dropped, 37% remain Strongly opposed.

The other dramatic shift can be found in the partisan dynamics.

Without the public option, just 50% of Democrats support the legislation. That’s down from 69% support measured a week ago. But here the enthusiasm gap is especially strong. A week ago, polling found that 44% of Democrats Strongly favored the reform plan. Without the public option, just 12% of Democrats Strongly support it.

Minus the government insurance option, 68% of Republicans remain opposed to the plan, down from 79%.

As for those not affiliated with either major party, 70% are opposed if the public option is dropped. That’s up from 62% in the previous survey.

Rasmussen Reports will be tracking overall support for the legislation again next week.

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A BILL WITH NO UNADULTERATED, FULL-THROTTLE PUBLIC OPTION WON’T BE FORGOTTEN.

YOU WON’T GET AWAY WITH TOUTING A HEATH CARE BILL AS A SUCCESS WITHOUT ONE.

WE WON’T LET YOU.

The single worst mistake President Obama made was letting Rahm Emanuel anywhere near the Oval Office.

If it were up to him, there would be no Howard Dean, no 50-state strategy, and there would be no President Barack Obama.

Oh, and the new NBC Public Option poll? It was done by an insurance insider!

From Sam Stein: Pollster Behind Controversial Public Option Poll Has Long Ties To Insurance Industry

The Republican half of the bipartisan team of pollsters behind a new, controversial poll on health care has longstanding ties to the health insurance industry that critics say biased the results.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Tuesday, authored by Republican pollster Bill McInturff and Democratic pollster Peter Hart, showed a majority of respondents opposing a public option for insurance coverage. McInturff is one of the most respected pollsters in Washington, and his work is often treated as straightforward and honest. But the pollsters' decision to alter the language of their August survey has raised the eyebrows of industry observers.

Instead of asking whether people should be given a choice between a public and private plan -- as NBC/WSJ had done in its June 2009 survey -- the pollsters dropped the word "choice" and asked whether people favored or opposed creating a public plan to compete with private insurers. Whereas two months ago, 76 percent of respondents said they felt it was either extremely or quite important to have a public option, in August that number was down to 43 percent.

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The fact that President Obama hired Clinton leftovers who have absolutely no vision, no real courage, no faith in the majority of real Democrats in our party, at all, and a complete inability to learn from the various Clinton failures they were neck-deep in, is a sad irony that will haunt him the rest of his Presidency.

What the hell were you thinking, Mr. President?

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