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Bill George

Bill George is a management professor at the Harvard Business School, the former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Inc., and the author of several best-selling books on leadership. His latest release is 7 Lessons for
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No genuine leadership

The lack of genuine leadership on the health insurance bill is discouraging, both from the White House and the Congress. The majority party has an unworkable plan to reform insurance that offers no real cost savings and enormous future expenses, and doesn't address the impact of quality and lifestyle issues.

Having chosen to put politics ahead of policy, the Democrats are left to compromise their values to force the bill through. I anticipate many more compromises of principles and good policy on the Senate side and in conference committee, turning the ultimate bill into a mish-mash of laws that will have to be fixed later.

This is not leadership. It is painful to watch it unfold.

By Bill George

 |  November 10, 2009; 5:40 AM ET
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I think that irvinx is missing a key point about this bill. Most of the sickest among us are ALREADY insured through a socialized medical system, because they are either old enough to be eligible for Social Security, or sick enough to qualify for full disability. This bill will overwhelmingly bring healthy people into the system -- nice fat targets for the greedy crooks who are running this process from behind the curtain. Sure, they'll be glad to take on a new captive audience of healthy people, and leave the sickest among us for you and I to pay for through our taxes. This bill would be better off dead.

Posted by: jerkhoff | November 11, 2009 12:14 PM
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A sincere thank you to the only panelist here who is willing to speak the truth. This health care bill will be reform in name only, while preserving the profits of the ravenous health care industry which is destroying our nation. This bill was rendered impotent before it was ever introduced, when President Obama cut a series of backroom deals with the very crooks he should have reined in. And I'm speaking as a lifelong Democrat. Having no bill at all would be better than this sham.

And to all you pro-lifers, the point is not whether you personally believe abortion is wrong. Your personal opinion is completely irrelevant here. The point is that Democrats in Congress were willing to discard THEIR principles (not yours) to ensure their seats on this pork-laden wagon of greed. So please just shut up.

Four or five years from now, when the average family plan costs $40K per year, we will be doing this all over again...

Posted by: jerkhoff | November 11, 2009 12:07 PM
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Since when has abortion been "good policy"?
If that's all they sacrificed then I think I can live with it.
Signed
a former fetus
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And since when is health care only about abortion rights? Please learn to look beyond your myopic view of the world.

Posted by: Albie1 | November 11, 2009 11:14 AM
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This is far too brief and vague to be of any value. I don't know why the Post published it.

Posted by: twm1 | November 11, 2009 4:51 AM
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here is more evidence of democrat wrong doing and involvement with ACORN.

http://biggovernment.com/2009/11/10/exclusive-audio-from-acorn-claims-jerry-brown-will-whitewash-investigation/

Posted by: charlietuna666 | November 10, 2009 8:52 PM
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"Were the doctor to kill that baby upon arrival in the ninth month he would be disbarred and locked away for life . . ."

At least the disbarred doctor would still be able to practice medicine, if not law.

Posted by: ffoulks | November 10, 2009 4:51 PM
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If you were to ask a doctor what happens when male sperm meets a female egg he would tell you it forms a human embryo. He will then tell you that there is a 99% chance that in 9 months that embryo will emerge from its mother as a happy, healthy infant.

Posted by: jdoyle1

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Site your source. This would be a incredibly happy statistic if it were true even if you cut the number in half.

Reality just isn't that kind.

Posted by: theobserver4 | November 10, 2009 3:03 PM
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At least the Democrats have shown a willingness to tackle an issue that is very difficult and controversial, but at the same time critical, both to the well-being of our citizens as well as our common economic future. Furthermore, whether it's Nancy Pelosi, President Obama, or rank-and-file liberals like Anthony Weiner, Democrats have shown willingness to compromise. Apart from Olympia Snowe or Rep. Cao, can anybody name one Republican,who has shown one inkling that they are willing to compromise for the good of the country, or that they have any goal in this debate other than to hand President Obama a major political defeat?

Posted by: jbentley4 | November 10, 2009 2:56 PM
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Fortunately this compromise may prove to be the bills' undoing.. my personal views on abortion are irrelevant— what matters is that it is a choice made by a woman, her doctor and her God, and nowhere is there a compact with a government who sees women and their foetuses as political fodder.
And a 220-215 vote suggests this bill, an anti-insurance hodgepodge of regulations, will prove a boondoggle which benefits only federal employees, and hopefully will bankrupt the private plans many have now in effect. Who would want to stay in a business that compels to insure the infirm, the dying and the high-risk? Why would someone healthy wish to be forced to support such a company? Since when are companies subservient to the feds in establishing the terms of a contract?
It is obviously a given that the Congress can usurp businesses' property rights at their leisure— something the pro-"health care reform" lobbyists don't discuss

The American people don't deserve a financial disaster perpetuated by those who cannot add.. and who have pension and health care for life by grace of their office.


Posted by: irvnx | November 10, 2009 12:55 PM
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On the contrary, blanket statements like these are painful to read. Despite popular belief there are many pro-life Democrats and pro-life liberals in this country, and I for one do not consider abortion to be a medical procedure at all - it is murder.

If you were to ask a doctor what happens when male sperm meets a female egg he would tell you it forms a human embryo. He will then tell you that there is a 99% chance that in 9 months that embryo will emerge from its mother as a happy, healthy infant.

Were the doctor to kill that baby upon arrival in the ninth month he would be disbarred and locked away for life, if not killed himself via real government death panels (aka the executioner). Yet somehow we allow that same doctor to end that same life 9 months previous and it is completely legal - not to mention insane.

Posted by: jdoyle1 | November 10, 2009 12:28 PM
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Since when has abortion been "good policy"?
If that's all they sacrificed then I think I can live with it.

Signed

a former fetus

Posted by: agapn9 | November 10, 2009 10:22 AM
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