Obama – The Health
It is true that you may fool all the people
some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you
can’t fool all of the people all the time.
Lincoln (1809-1965), to a caller at the White House
Barack Obama is an amateur!
Bill Clinton (1946 )quoted in The
Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House (Regnery Publishing, Inc, 2012)
May 18, 2012
- I’ve been reading Edward Klein’s The
Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House (2012). Klein harshly portrays President Obama as a
Too harshly in my
opinion - as a failed black Abraham
Lincoln want-to-be, as an arrogant
know-it-all, smartest-guy-in-the room, who ignores advisors, alienates
allies, and angers enemies; as someone
who sought universal health reform at any cost; and who shunned the advice of Emanuel Rahm, his chief of staff, who told him to go slow on
Still, as president, you
can''t please all the people all of the time. Campaigning and governing are different kettles of fish.
physician, I see some truth in the
thesis of the book: that Obama is an amateur in politics.
When it comes to
health reform, incremental health reform: pleasing some of the people some of the time is the way to go. Some reform is needed, but not at the cost
of totally excluding and alienating Republicans, who with the Independents
represent 60% of the population.
was, and is, formula for fatally poisoning the political process. But Obama offers no compromise. It is his way, the Obama,Pelosi, Reid way, or the
But Obama's pure,
unilateral, ideological stance came at a tremendous cost – it poisons his
relationship with Rebuplicans and broad swathes of the medical industrial
complex but seniors as well. Older voters
do not buy the notion that you could cut $575 billion out of Medicare, end Medicare Advantage, shift $500 billion or so to Medicaid, while
saving money and increasing benefits through greater government “efficiencies.”
onset of Obama reform, it was clear Obama was a rank amateur on nealth care
Obama did not seem to comprehend that:
· More than 4 of 5 Americans liked
their health plans.
· Americans expect immediate access to
high-tech life and life-enhancing technologies.
· Americans do not like to be told what
to do by government experts.
· Americans prefer to pick their own
specialists rather than going through gatekeepers.
· Americans, according to Gallup, trust doctors more than government or health
· Americans are emotionally and
personally driven rather than data driven when it comes to picking doctors and
· Americans are more impressed by
results – lower costs, more choice of providers, greater access, and higher quality – than promises
on those issues which never seem to materialize.
you do not turn around an employer-based health system – which has been evolving since
World War II and which covers 200
billion Americans - on a dime, And you do not do it by creating uncertainty
and by driving up taxes and costs for
the business community which finances that care. It is best not to anger business in a capitalistic society, for business hires workers and creates prosperity.
Tweet: On matters of delivering health care with
greater access, lower costs, and better quality - President Obama is looking like an amateur.
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