The President’s speech

I guess President Obama doesn’t read my blog (see last entry).

Instead, he chose the “double down” option – if what you’re doing hasn’t been working, do more of it.

All the talk touting bipartisanship is fine. But on Obama’s part, unfortunately, it’s just the same empty talk he’s given out before. There was no recognition that he himself bears some responsibility for how things went off track, in the way he let Congressional Democrats run riot at the outset of his administration, and effectively shut out Republicans who, in the crisis climate of early 2009, actually wanted to be part of a broad-based legislative effort.

That was then. Now we have the health care impasse. It’s obvious Democrats don’t have the votes for the huge bill they’ve cobbled together. So what does Obama’s say? He gives the same speech about health care that he gave last summer. It didn’t work then; why should it work now?

He did, seemingly, challenge opponents to come forth with their different ideas. But it was more a rhetorical taunt than a sincere invitation for cooperation. Mr. President, you want some ideas? How about tort reform? Hello, Republicans have been talking about that for years. It should be a key element of any serious attack on health care costs. Congressional Democrats would have none of it; and Obama, in his speech last night, wouldn’t even mention it. Instead, he just called again for passage of the flawed bill that is already dead. There was no new proposal, no suggestion for how to fix it, nor for how to actually meet the concerns of opponents, except to insist, yet again, “you’re misguided.”

On bipartisanship, Mr. President, you talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. If you want some cooperation from Republicans, and all the other people who don’t like your party’s bill, you have to be willing to compromise, to accept some of their concerns, and try to meet them halfway. I heard nothing of the sort last night.

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4 Responses to “The President’s speech”

  1. Alfredo De La Fe Says:

    I agree with one point you brought out: We DESPERATELY need tort reform. This is one of the biggest expenses which contributes to the health care crisis in our nation. There are hundreds of doctors that are cab drivers, construction workers or otherwise employeed in other fields besides medicine because they simply can not afford malpractice insurance. Medical practitioners should have the same protection afforded to municipalities- they are generally exempt from lawsuits as long as they did not commit gross neglegence. Obviously if a doctor removes the wrong limb, a patient has a right to sue, but if a patient dies because they get an infection or due to complications of treatment AND the doctor/hospital provided the normal level of care for such a procedure, they should be afforded protection from a suit.

    Another point which really bothers me is that the United States essentially subsidizes healthcare for the rest of the world by allowing pharma to charge different pricing for the same drugs and supplies to other countries. Why should Mexico or Canada pay 5 cents for a pill that costs us 5 dollars? I understand that we are essentially picking up the slack to promote research and development, but the rest of the world needs to cover a bigger share. We need to eliminate the “grey market” and refuse to accept the nonsensical statement made by pharma that they are actually manufacturing different products marketed under the same name for different markets. (An aspirin is an aspirin if it is sold under the same brand and manufactured in the same factory on the same line)

    Something else we need- redefine the FDA. We need to give people their freedom of healthcare choice back. If a medical authority in a different nation with high standards has developed a viable alternative treatment the government has no business sticking it’s nose in my decision to make an INFORMED choice.

    Finally, Medicare and Medicaid needs to be restructured to pay based on treatment required. Right now doctors get $6.50 per visit and they have to get creative to get paid something amounting to minimum wage. This means that they send patients for unnecessary tests, provide unnesseary procedures and give unnecessary medication. I would rather a doctor get paid $20 for a visit and have a system in place that flags anything unusual which will require human intervention to investigate. This way doctors and hospitals will actually start accepting the existing “public option” and they will get enough money to survive without having to get creative.

  2. John Says:

    Obama should be honest with the American People and state that Health Care Reform is going to involve some personal sacrifice and that this sacrifice is for our friends and neighbors.

    Instead, Obama offers slogans similar to “if everybody just eats more tofu, health care reform can be costless and sacrifice free”

    This is similar to his economic slogans “Profound global macro economic challenges can be resolved via enough recycling and green energy”

    Some of Obama’s rheteroic almost sounds Maoist in the sense that complex problems can purportedly be resolved via big doses of simple and easy idealogically correct effort.

  3. leAnne Says:

    why does ever presidents speech sound the same we need new rule and law the last ten presidents had worked on the same thing now i am starting to think that they arent actually doing anything about it

  4. LeAnne Says:

    why is it that kids cant do as much as adults there are some very smart children that could dominate adults if you just gave them a chance

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