Since it is now clear that NO GOP will support any kind of HCR Can Obama drop the nonpartisan BS
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 03:40 PM by saracat
and give us a "real" HCR Bill with a Public Option available for ALL that covers everyone? Even women's reproductive issues? Is there any reason to still have as awful a bill as the Baucus Bill? Why must we kiss the butt of the insurance companies?
3. Ed Schultz is raving about this very point as I type this response.
You're right - what has he got to lose at this point. The only thing on the table on the senate side at this point is the godawful Baucus bill which nobody really wants. No repubs will support even this watered down piece of shit so why doesn't Obama twist some arms and get the kind of bill he told us he really wanted.
I don't get it but I think the asshole he selected as chief of staff has a lot to do with it.
9. Obama can keep looking like he WANTS bipartisan support 'til the end. It only makes the Repubs.
look like obstructionists and like Obama did all he could to work with them. Meanwhile, the public option has a great chance of getting passed along with many OTHER things in the OTHER 4 bills. The people see Obama as wanting to reach across the aisle while they see the Repubs. as the obstructionists they are. Obama is not naive. He wouldn't be president NOW if he were.
13. 1. I agree with you, but (2) I don't think you know what he means by that word.
When Obama says bipartisan, I think he means acceptable to the rank-and-file Republican.
Yes, he would like the GOP elected officials to represent that rank-and-file. But if he can come up with a bill that makes the average Republican happy, even if it does not get any GOP elected officials to vote for it, then he will have achieved bipartisanship with the American public if not in Congress.
That said, every poll I've seen on the subject shows the average Republican on the street favoring a strong public option. So go the bipartisan route and give us that.
Heck, if a large enough percentage of them favor single payer, he could go that route and still claim bipartisanship.
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