Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.
Top Democrats said Tuesday that their go-it-alone view was being shaped by what they saw as Republicans’ purposely strident tone against health care legislation during this month’s Congressional recess, as well as remarks by leading Republicans that current proposals were flawed beyond repair.
Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said the heated opposition was evidence that Republicans had made a political calculation to draw a line against any health care changes, the latest in a string of major administration proposals that Republicans have opposed.
“The Republican leadership,” Mr. Emanuel said, “has made a strategic decision that defeating President Obama’s health care proposal is more important for their political goals than solving the health insurance problems that Americans face every day.”
The worst thing about the Republican obstructionism and nonsense the past month is the national conversation has been about death panels and angry blue hairs screaming about medicare and wingnuts carrying guns to townhall events and chants of tyranny. How many of you actually know what the Democratic proposals are? How many of you actually know what is being suggested? How many people can say, in a paragraph, what the difference between co-ops and the public option are? I’m trying to pay attention but I do not understand all the ins and outs. Hell, I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what value the insurance companies add at all. Seems like all they do is skim money off the top, add layers of paperwork, and then screw people when they get a serious illness.
Not only has this been a failure of leadership by the minority party, it has significantly dumbed down the debate.