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A Lot of Passion But Little Action

Without question, President Obama showed passion and commitment in his speech on health-care reform this evening. He bravely addressed some of the most contentious issues that have plagued the debate over these past months but in truth this speech merely packaged what we have already heard during these past months. The president faced his critics boldly and vehemently denied some of the most heinous claims of death panels for seniors, dollars for abortion and coverage for illegal immigrants. Speaking directly to seniors the president's attempt to quell fears that cutting waste and abuse would not affect their Medicaid was forceful. As excellent a speech that it was, it didn't fill in all the details or give us a deadline and there was no indication that reform was going to change things soon.

Obama made it clear that his plan would not go to either partisan extreme. It would not be the universal plan that liberals wanted emulating what Canada has, and it would not be the Republican plan that left everyone to find health insurance on their own. He explained that both of these represented too radical a shift for Americans. As a Canadian born into cradle to grave health care this helped me understand why he didn't want the same for Americans; it's too radical a change. Although with over 60 percent of Americans supporting a public option there is enough support for this part of the president's plan.

With the offer of an open door to discussion, it seems the president is still entertaining suggestions and looking to win over opponents. In the end it appears the debate may still be stalled. Aside from a display of poor manners, Republicans did little to show their support. So if a bipartisan bill is the criteria for reform then we'll be debating this issue for a long time to come.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups  |  September 9, 2009; 11:17 PM ET  | Category:  Health Care Reform , Presidential leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Paying lip service to the kinds of change we need is NOT ENOUGH.

There are some good ideas here, intermingled with some pretty bad ones.

Americans pay twice as much per capita than other developed nations. Until the costs are addressed, we can't fix health reform.

Also, until the funding issues are addressed, the plan cannot be considered 'deficit neutral'. Someone will have to pay for this plan. Why wait to identify where the funds will come from? To say 'We can identify savings in the current medicare budget' while saying that $500 billion will come from medicare budgets doesn't make any sense. Is there that much fraud in medicare? If we DON'T pass this plan, are we going to ignore the waste and fraud?

Please.

Posted by: postfan1 | September 10, 2009 10:28 AM
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The thing is - the bill already is bipartisan.

Tort reform, taxing cadillac insurance plans, tackling waste in Medicare and Medicaid - these are all GOP-supported proposals.

Of course, they won't acknowledge that. So they're not credible negotiators. "Everything for us, nothing for you" isn't a reasonable position.

And with its focus on "death panels" and "euthanasia", the GOP has proven itself anything but reasonable.

Thankfully, a bill that the GOP would call 'bipartisan' isn't necessary, or even a good idea.

America can get large-scale, effective, cost-neutral reform done without the GOP. And if it comes to that, we will.

Posted by: JustinOhio | September 10, 2009 8:21 AM
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