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* healthcare reform … this is the moment for liberals and President Obama

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 19, 2009

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CHARLES BABINGTON and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, AP 8-19-09 …

  • Frustrated liberals have a question for President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers:
    • Isn’t it time the other guys gave a little ground on health care?
    • What’s the point of a bipartisan bill, they ask, if we’re making all the concessions?
    • It’s time to move on without Republicans, they say.
  • On Tuesday, liberals were fuming over Obama’s recent remarks suggesting he might also yield on the federally run insurance option he’s been promoting.
  • Liberal activists say there’s no point in the Democrats winning the House, Senate and White House unless they use their clout to enact the major measures that Obama campaigned for — with or without some Republican support.
  • This week, more than 50 House Democrats issued a letter saying: “Any bill that does not provide, at a minimum, for a public option with reimbursement rates based on Medicare rates — not negotiated rates — is unacceptable.”
  • Some of them told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a conference call Tuesday that discussions with Republicans are pointless.

LMW COMMENT …

I am among the disappointed.

This is President Obama’s biggest leadership test to date, and so far the results are not as good as I would have hoped.

Bob Herbert’s column today is disturbing …

See related post … * the public option … gone? not so fast!

Compromise may be needed, but too much compromise is destructive. The Republicans need to be forgotten; there is no good to come from trying to placate them in any way. Nor can the insurance industry or the drug companies be considered allies.

Sibellius has been less than useful. It is truly a shame that Obama does not have Tom Daschle to help lead this effort, but that is a fact he must overcome.

We need bold leadership from our President; failing to provide it on healthcare insurance reform may well doom his presidency.

Read the entire article at …http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090819/ap_on_an/us_health_care_overhaul_analysis_8

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