If you are really into the health “insurance” reform debate, take some time to read this:

Keith Hennessey’s explanation is lengthy, but valuable.

Absent Presidential leadership on a specific policy proposal, Democrats are pulling in various directions. And I think everyone underestimated the depth and intensity of public opposition to the proposed policy changes. The August citizen town hall blowback will radically affect the closed-door Member discussions beginning next week, as will the expert polling analysis projecting large potential 2010 election losses for Democrats. A full-fledged Democratic Member panic is not out of the question.

It’s time, folks, to move the debate into process and away from reaction. Those reactions, from what I can tell, have worked. It’s fine to reaffirm your position, but I’d sure like to see America step away from the extremes in the debate. “Hitler care” is no more persuasive to me than “health insurance is a right.”

What we are left with is the reality of our government’s design. Really, this system was meant to thwart sweeping changes. For the most part, it’s worked. And from Hennessey’s article above, it looks like it will hold this time, too.

Get ready for round two. Anticipate the rhetoric. Democrats will continue to use the argument they can pass it anyway. Know better. Expect Republicans to remain relatively quiet as the Democrats implode. Don’t be angry with them for staying out of the food fight. It appears restraint is working.

Don’t become complacent, but don’t slip into a cocky stance, either. Maintain a comfortable awareness of the progress (or lack thereof! šŸ˜‰ ) on Capitol Hill.

And enjoy this last bit of summer!


  1. Sweeping change – huh? That word leaves a bad taste in my mouth. When you have a democratic system that coddles the fat cat corporations and allows pay to play you get system that eventually implodes on it’s own excesses. Follow the money trail and you will see the rules are made by those who have all the $$$. You and I are pawns in this big sorry mess. Change…I call it BS. Or is it BO? Bravo!

  2. “Iā€™d sure like to see America step away from the extremes in the debate. ”

    So would I. Amen. I’m with you.

    But sitting back and doing nothing is simply political posturing that provides no useful input into the health care debate. It’s party politics at it’s worst. It’s the co-worker who spends more time sabotaging the other guy for personal gain than putting his energy into actually doing something useful.

    Health care reform/cost controls will be the single most important issue over the next decade considering the fiscal “situation” we face today. Sabotage, for the good of the “party”, isn’t constructive in providing us an effective solution to the pending health care crisis. As usual, sabotage and complacency will get the GOP elected again and then blow up in their faces once it’s obvious that they will maintain the status quo in fear of rocking the boat and they’ll get their asses handed to them once election time rolls around again.

    I’m all for our political leaders trying to achieve some form of a workable solution to a problem for a change. How about both sides come to the table and work something out. You know, engage and negotiate like grown ups instead of sitting back and watching the other side implode for political reasons. That goes for both parties.

  3. How about a new direction for the election system that is fatally flawed. Publicly funded campaigns with a cap on spending. Take the fat cats out of the game and see what happens. Maybe it works and maybe not but the current mode is broken and currupt(ing) any new talent.

  4. Hello, gentlemen. How about something that is actually LIKELY to happen? I’d really love campaign finance reform, but whining about it won’t make it so. I’d really love a boot on the back of the neck of pharmeceutical companies, but that won’t happen in the next six months either.

    This health-care-o’rama started as a partisan play. I have no problem with it dying as one. If they want to pick up the pieces for actual reform in a year, great.