Friday, February 26, 2010

The Bipartisan Health Care Reform Summit

I listened to the grand majority of the Health Care Summit online as it was occurring. Honestly, I felt completely ripped off by the Republicans. And I wasn't alone. At one point President Obama closed his eyes and rubbed the bridge of his nose with his thumb and index finger as Republican talking points were being regurgitated...as if to say, "Why the hell are they even here?"

I feel exactly the same way. And that is pretty much how it went. Republicans would repeat a number of talking points over and over:
  • Need to start over - the Senate bill is already a huge compromise. Most of the worthwhile features have been removed to please Republicans. Democrats need to learn that no compromise or common ground is good enough for the GOP.
  • the American people don't want this bill - That is partially true, but the reasons are important. Conservative people don't want the Senate Health bill because they fear the evil hand of 'socialism'. But there are a number of progressive people who don't want the bill because it doesn't do enough to really change how things are today...so what is the point. The lie is that the American people don't want our health care system to change.
  • The bill would bankrupt America - this is a stupid argument, since it had already been shown to be deficit neutral.


Anyway...that is just a few points. For those that have a short attention span...let me direct you to these videos, which also accurately express my feelings:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Bipartisan Health Care Reform Summit 2010
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorVancouverage 2010


The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Bipartisan Health Care Reform Summit 2010 - Government Unity
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorVancouverage 2010