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What's the rush

Written by Monte

August 6, 2009 at 11:07 am

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  1. When I’ve heard this comment the critic was reluctant to rush to a vote on a complicated and lenghthy bill before it can be debated. Has this bill been around even sixty four days? This cartoon subtly substitues the broader issue (health care reform) for the argument actually being made. That health care reform is necessary is widely accepted. I’m sorry, but I think some suspicion & caution is always in order anytime I hear something like – “You need to sign this right now.”

    Terry Hagedorn

    August 12, 2009 at 7:59 am

    • You could be right – as always, it’s hard to tell. But it seems to me that the main tenets of health insurance reform have been on the table for years, and were made pretty clear in the Presidents position paper months ago. There are a few tweaks that are new ideas, but most things are not.

      Sure, suspicion is warranted. But delay is often a strategic move, and when it is, it is represented as a “good government” kind of thing. So, I think the fact that only one side is calling for delay is at least as suspicious as the fact that mostly one side is calling for action.

      It’s not hard to see why delay would be beneficial to some. The insurance industry’s army of lobbyists and $1.5M a day spent on defeating a public option are probably aware that they can outlast the other side, which doesn’t have the deep pockets. Meanwhile, Sen. Grassley tied up the Finance Committee’s version for weeks, mostly on the insistence that there be no public option.

      So it looks to me like the strategy of the anti-public option set is intentional delay, and not for the purpose of clarity, but for strategy. And it is not hard to see that many are using the recess not for a period of clarification, but of distortion and fear-mongering about the contents of the various bills.

      Monte

      August 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm


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