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Republicans Should Thank You, Mr. President

2010 was probably not going to be more than modest gains for Republicans, but that was assuming a modicum of political skill by the President to stem the tide of a gathering wave of anti-Democratic sentiment.

Last night Obama had the perfect chance for a compromise that could have entailed the reduction of government regulations to promote interstate competition amongst private carriers and included the offering of the public option to compete with all of those insurance companies.

Because if the main argument for the public option is to compete with private insurers, then that argument is going to get killed by Republicans all over the media when they rebut that interstate competition will do a much better job of that and not cost the taxpayers anything.

The major bottleneck that is stalling health care reform was the creation of a government health care plan. Obama had the chance to still keep that option while maintaining the intellectually honest argument that it was all in an effort to make health coverage as competitive and affordable as possible.

He failed to do that and public opinion on this issue will continue to turn against him.


Posted: September 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Under: 2010, capitalism, healthcare, nanny statism | 2 Comments »


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2 Responses to “Republicans Should Thank You, Mr. President”

  1. aaroncrowe Says:

    Health care or not, I’m partisan to a president that can lower my taxes and fix what the housing market “greed” created… Just get the job market back up and avoid more scams…

  2. Lloyd Says:

    You’re absolutely right. He also handed us a win with the tort reform offer too. Since Obama has argued that calls for tort reform have merit it can never really be taken off the table without it seeming like ge’s withholding part of a solution over politics.

    Contrast that with a Republican party that for all but a probable handfull (looks at John McCain’s next gang of …) refused to even accept the premise that federal management of any aspect of the system would be an improvement. Obama’s concession is a sign of weekness – as though we’ve made him play trump early – and as is often the case, he lost that card forever.

    What do you think of this though, and this wont be so easy. What if Obama puts making the Bush tax cuts on the table? He’s desperate and it will require him to make a case for tax cuts to his base but it would also be tough to explain to the public why it’s a bad deal. Especially for a party that’s all for lower taxes. We better think about that one because these guys aren’t fools and their not done either.

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