Health Care Summit – More of the Same
Obama has no intention of actually listening to what the GOP is saying because the GOP has already been saying it – and he’s been ignoring it.
I’ve been listening to this debate regarding the re-address of the health care reform effort and I can’t really say that I’m surprised by the whole thing. It’s really a big partisan fight, when you get down to the brass tacks. And despite Obama’s efforts to demonstrate a change to the way things are done in Washington, he’s only showing that nothing ever changes. This is the latest example.
Obama decides to call both parties into the room in a make-shift summit to discuss the health care reform – which is admirable. But then, today, he announces the Obama plan, which is really nothing more than the Senate’s plan with a few tweaks here and there. In a sense, it’s "more of the same", the very thing that got the Dems into the pot of water that continues to get hotter and hotter.
So rather than actually starting a meaningful round-table about how to make health care even better in this country, Obama and the Dems want to dictate to the GOP members in the room what the plan will be. Obama has no intention of actually listening to what the GOP is saying because the GOP has already been saying it – and he’s been ignoring it. The whole point here is to break the partisan bloc and gain some sort of validation for the plan that more than half of Americans simply don’t want.
If there is to be any real reform, it should be started by thoroughly going over what the problems really are. After the problems have been identified, then we look at ways of solving each problem, piece by piece. Both the House and Senate, and now Obama’s plans have been a solution in search of a matching problem. This is not an over-simplification of the matter – it’s the common sense answer to the solution to any problem.
And as conservatives have noted before, the problem that the Dems are attempting to solve isn’t about ensuring that all Americans get health care, since not all of them do under either the Senate or House plans, but rather, the problem is how to push the country to Single Payer coverage. Progressives are all about growing government and using that power to influence people to the progressive will. A government run single-payer system forces the people to comply with the government’s mandate, which would be, optimally, pushed by the progressive agenda, rather than allowing people to make their own decisions about their source of health insurance.
If I was the chair of the GOP, I’d tell President Obama that no GOP member is going to this summit until there is a solid promise of starting over, from scratch, with an assessment of what the problems are.
Oh, and make sure all of that is televised on C-SPAN – like Obama promised.