Obama Health Care: Soprano Tactics?

I am only one of many, a majority of people, who recognize that the health care system in the USA needs help, but are totally against the one Obama has ready for us.

For those who still favor the idea, perhaps they should ask themselves, is it a good bill? If so, then why did it take so many sweetheart deals to get it pushed through this far, and that STILL might not be enough? Why can’t this bill stand on its own merit??? From the New York Post:

President Obama’s attempts to ram health- care reform through an increasingly reluctant Congress are starting to resemble a really eventful episode of “The Sopranos.”

Whether or not you believe former Rep. Eric Massa’s bizarre accusations of locker-room confrontations and conspiracies to drive him from office, there is no doubt that the Obama administration and its congressional allies are willing to use every trick in the book to get this bill passed.

They’ve already bought votes with pork and special deals — the “Louisiana purchase” ($300 million to bolster that state’s Medicaid program, which swayed Sen. Mary Landrieu); the “Cornhusker kickback” ($100 million to Medicaid there, sweetening the pot for Sen. Ben Nelson), and Florida’s “Gator Aid” (a Medicare deal potentially worth $5 billion, a hefty price for Sen. Bill Nelson’s vote). Plus the millions for Connecticut hospitals, Montana asbestos abatement and so on.

Nor were the Obamans willing to let a little thing like election laws stand in the way. They rewrote Massachusetts law to allow for an appointed senator to hold office for several months, hoping to get the bill through before the special election that Scott Brown ultimately won. Their plans spoiled, they even considered holding up Brown’s seating to let the appointed senator continue to vote on health care — until public outrage forced them to back down.

And, of course, there has been an unprecedented willingness to ignore congressional rules — from the failure to appoint a “conference committee” to negotiate differences between the House and Senate bills, to their current plans to use the reconciliation process to bypass a Republican filibuster.

Expect the tactics to get even dirtier now.

Those who support the president can expect favors. No sooner had Rep Jim Matheson (D-Utah) suggested that he might be willing to switch his vote and support the latest version of ObamaCare than his brother was nominated for a federal judgeship.

Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) is also on the undecided list. And, purely by coincidence no doubt, the Justice Department just announced that it is dropping an FBI investigation that has been swirling about the congressman. Gosh, if only Charlie Rangel were one of the undecideds.

Those who oppose the president can expect the political equivalent of a horse head between their sheets.

Some of this is just traditional electioneering: On-the-fence Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is getting a primary challenger with some backing from the national Democratic machine.

But some of it is much nastier. Massa’s story may have credibility issues, but other opponents of the bill are also starting to feel the heat. For instance, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), whose opposition to abortion funding has become one of the bill’s biggest hurdles, is now seeing attacks on his ethics.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow recently questioned the legality of the low rent that a conservative Christian group charges Stupak for his DC apartment. She even noted ominously that disgraced South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford stayed at the same building. The liberal blog Daily Kos has picked up on the charges and suggested that both the IRS and the House Ethics Committee investigate.

“Politics ain’t beanbag,” as Mr. Dooley noted. Presidents have always twisted arms and made deals. And when two-thirds of voters are opposed to your plans, you may have no choice but to play hardball.

But when Obama promised to change the way Washington does business, we didn’t think he meant making it a “family” business.

8 thoughts on “Obama Health Care: Soprano Tactics?

  1. Pat,
    First of all to say, I thought when reading your comments, you shouldn’t be ashamed to leave your full name on your very strong beliefs concerning health care, but out of respect for your wishes, I have edited your comments to leave out your last name.

    My next thought was you need your own blog!
    🙂

    Barack Obama is president, not dictator. We have a balance of powers in this government to secure that. If you want a dictator, who has full reign over what does and doesn’t go in certain bills, you are in the wrong country. There are a few I could suggest for you.

    The American people, (that you feel should “wake up”) in a majority, doesn’t like this bill. I wouldn’t doubt the intelligence of a questioning peoples. They are not swallowing in any kind of faith legislation that by Pelosi’s own admission, they won’t know what’s in it till it’s signed (video)» http://www.xerraireart.com/blog/2010/03/09/pelosi-wants-to-pass-it-so-you-can-know-whats-in-it/

    The American people ARE awake, and that’s what is bothering you; they are paying attention to the details of this bill, it’s costly, it’s uncertain on the outcomes, and even democrats voting for it, are expressing their opinions: it would raise premiums, it’s a windfall for drug companies and insurance companies, votes were secured through backroom deals, it cuts hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, and it raises taxes.(video) » http://www.xerraireart.com/blog/2010/03/12/democrats-reveal-facts-about-health-care/

    The tactics used at one time when it was the other party doing it, received comments from Joe Biden such as this: Biden: “I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.”

    and Obama said this: “Nuclear option is against the founder’s intent.”

    Video here » http://www.xerraireart.com/blog/2010/03/03/nuclear-option/

    Health care reform doesn’t require a 2000 plus page bill and trillions of dollars, it just doesn’t.

    In Australia they have a 1% levy on everyone over a certain level of income. Plain and simple, and everyone has access to health care. I feel the American people would support something like that. not a costly unsure and untested 2000 page bloated piece of paybacks to everyone whose arm could be twisted to vote for it.

  2. Just a few thoughts since I don’t have much time right now. I hope I don’t sound too illiterate as I’m not great at politics but I think you’ll get the gyst of my thoughts.

    1. If this is such a good thing for our country, why are our Legislators omitting themselves and keeping their current coverage?

    2. If this is such a good thing for our country, and such a majority want and need it, why not make it a State issue, which at best it should be anyway, and put it up for referendum?

    3. Why are our Legislators completely ignoring the people they SERVE, who have made it very clear that they do not want government run health care?

    4. This may be a good time to reread our Declaration of Independence and see if any of it sounds hauntingly familiar.

    5. Perhaps it’s time to reread out Constitution and find the part that gave the Government the power to go into business for itself. (HealthCare, GMC…) I know I need to have another look. I only recall the parts that said the government is supposed to GOVERN.

    5. On a long shot, perhaps it’s Tort reform that’s needed, not health care reform. Perhaps if everyone wasn’t so hot to sue at the drop of a hat, health care costs would come down.

    I’m stopping here..I’m getting fire up and have to go grocery shopping. Get out of my way ladies, here I come!!! 🙂

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