LBJ to Ted Kennedy: don't talk about the cost of Medicare
if they knew the cost, it would never pass.
I think that we need to grab whatever we can and then tweak and change and modify it. Once the voters get used to some form of affordable health insurance for more, and the elimination of pre existing conditions, they may not storm town hall meetings.
And Dick Armey is till talking about "Tyranny of Medicare?"
"We have some wonderful telephone tapes in which Johnson described to a newly elected Ted Kennedy how to get Medicare passed," Marone said. "He said, 'Don't let 'em cost it out. Don't let 'em project the costs down the line. It'll kill you.' He thought that if people knew the full costs of Medicare it would never have passed, and he kept trying to lowball the estimates. And this was before the Office of Management and Budget. But we believe - we say in the book - that if we knew the costs, Medicare, one of the two most popular programs in America never would have passed."
3. There was no 24 hour news cycle and spin in 5 different flavors in LBJ's time
pretending you can do the same things all the time is a stretch. You'll talk about money if the M$M is interested in knowing or they'll just make up shit. Same goes in any area, if they ask then speculation is full on.
4. No, you cannot. Not just the media cycle but LBJ himself
he was a bully, and a towering one. And... he spent years in the Senate and knew where all the secrets were buried an knew how to lean on Senators.
This is why I suggest that we grab whatever we can, now and then, slowly, start tweaking and modifying the rules. Give members of Congress some breathing room where, by the time they are up for re election, their vote on health care reform would be one of many and, perhaps, time will show that the roof did not fall.
I doubt that he'd ever considered anyone's "pecker to be in my pocket."
LBJ kept score, he would lean on other law makers not so much through persuasion but also through fear and intimidation. Of course, in those days there were a lot more skeletons in the closets to be exposed than now..
13. Exactly.. We always approach things incorrectly
You define a need, and then you figure out how to pay for it. Otherwise you get bupkiss.. Do we buy houses with cash?..Nope we find the house we want, and then we pay for it over a long period of time.
We start wars "before" we have the cash-in-hand to pay for them.
We have children before we have that quarter of a million bucks "they" say it costs to raise each little critter.
We are a society. Supposedly we are all "equal". Humans ALL get sick, at some point. We ALL need health care Not everyone can "afford" insurance "Insurance" is an IDIOTIC way to deliver health care (insurance is to protect you from UNLIKELY events..EVERYONE uses their "insurance" as soon as they get sick)
A tax should be levied against ALL of us (by income/ability to pay) so that ALL of us have true health care. If other countries can do it, why can't we?
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