Monday, August 24, 2009

Deja Vu All Over Again****** UPDATE

Shades of 1990, no, I think it is shades of the 1960's and the battle to pass Medicare.

I was perusing the web and found some things I thought was interesting. Since people seem to think this is Pres. Obama's fault we can't get Health Care done, because he hasn't been strong enough, and hasn't spoken out enough about the Public Option, and that's why there are so many problems getting it done, I thought I would see how history treated things and compared to what was happening now.

Here is the Op-Ed Michael Steele, Chairman of the RNC had in the Washington Post today. He titled it Protecting Our Seniors GOP Principles for Health Care.

Americans are engaged in a critical debate over reforming our health-care system. While Republicans believe that reforms are necessary, President Obama's plan for a government-run health-care system is the wrong prescription. The Democrats' plan will hurt American families, small businesses and health-care providers by raising care costs, increasing the deficit, and not allowing patients to keep a doctor or insurance plan of their choice. Furthermore, under the Democrats' plan, senior citizens will pay a steeper price and will have their treatment options reduced or rationed.

Republicans want reform that should, first, do no harm, especially to our seniors. That is why Republicans support a Seniors' Health Care Bill of Rights, which we are introducing today, to ensure that our greatest generation will receive access to quality health care. We also believe that any health-care reform should be fully paid for, but not funded on the backs of our nation's senior citizens.

The Republican Party's contract with seniors includes tenets that Americans, regardless of political party, should support. First, we need to protect Medicare and not cut it in the name of "health-insurance reform." As the president frequently, and correctly, points out, Medicare will go deep into the red in less than a decade. But he and congressional Democrats are planning to raid, not aid, Medicare by cutting $500 billion from the program to fund his health-care experiment. The president also plans to cut hospital payments and Medicare Advantage, all of which will mean fewer treatment options for seniors. These types of "reforms" don't make sense for the future of an already troubled federal program or for the services it provides that millions of Americans count on.

Second, we need to prohibit government from getting between seniors and their doctors. The government-run health-care experiment that Obama and the Democrats propose will give seniors less power to control their own medical decisions and create government boards that would decide what treatments would or would not be funded. Republicans oppose any new government entity overruling a doctor's decision about how to treat his or her patient.

Simply put, we believe that health-care reform must be centered on patients, not government.

Third, we need to outlaw any effort to ration health care based on age. Obama has promoted a program of "comparative effectiveness research" that he claims will be used only to study competing medical treatments. But this program could actually lead to government boards rationing treatments based on age. For example, if there are going to be only so many heart surgeries in a given year, the Democrats figure government will get more bang for its buck if more young and middle-aged people get them.

Fourth, we need to prevent government from dictating the terms of end-of-life care. Many of the most significant costs of care come in the last six months of a patient's life, and every American household must consider how to treat their loved ones. Obama's government-run health "reform" would pay for seniors' meetings with a doctor to discuss end-of-life care. While nonthreatening at first, something that is quite normal for a family to do becomes troublesome when the government gets involved. Seniors know that government programs that seem benign at first can become anything but. The government should simply butt out of conversations about end-of-life care and leave them to seniors, their families and their doctors.

Finally, we need to protect our veterans by preserving Tricare and other benefit programs for military families. Democrats recently proposed raising costs for the Tricare for Life program that many veterans rely on for treatment. Republicans support our veterans and believe that America should honor our promises to them.

Barack Obama campaigned on "post-partisanship." As president, however, Obama has shown that he is beholden to his party's left-wing ideologues. It's not too late for him to honor his pledges for bipartisan health-care reform. Reversing course and joining Republicans in support of health care for our nation's senior citizens is a good place to start. Doing so will help him restart the reform process to give Americans access to low-cost, high-quality health care.

This is very similar to the argument that was given to people by none other than Ronald Reagan, back in 1961, however it was a Radio Address, rather than an Op-Ed and you can listen to it via the YouTubes if you like... He laid it all out, the scare tactics, telling everyone how Medicare was going to be "Socialized" medicine and would be the death of us all.. It would be the end of America as we know it, and it would be terrible for the Senior Citizens in our country.

Here is the hero of the right.. Ronnie Raygunz....

And then... there is the AMA, who unlike now, is on our side.. So even though Pres. Obama has failed as the CW is saying... he has brought them around.. But, in 1962, when John Kennedy and LBJ, who everyone keeps saying Pres. Obama needs to be more like, was trying to get Medicare done.. the AMA was working against them.. Click here to see a copy of an ad the AMA ran in the New York Times.

It calls Health Care a Hoax, Millions will be left not covered, there will be limited benefits.

Sound familiar?

They took out a huge, (for that time) buy on television, and tried to blanket the airwaves with the news that this was a takeover of the health care system by the government. All except Boston, and they were terribly upset that Boston wouldn't buy into their scare tactics.. lol

So, as you see, everything we are seeing is nothing new.. and for everyone to say that it is the President's fault this is happening, I think is just a little naive. Yes, he was a little slow maybe in hitting back at the Republicans, but that is his style, he did the same thing to Hillary, and to McCain.

He wouldn't be who he was, if he came out swinging, that's just not his style...

I truly hope the members of Congress after this break can come together and after hearing our voices will do what we the people want. We have spoken to them, now they just need to do the correct thing.



From one of my favorite bloggers, Bob Cesca, he says some of the same things I have pointed out here.. If you think I am wrong or have misstated how Pres. Obama has mishandled this health care, go read some of Bob's stuff.. but his take on FDR and LBJ and Jack Kennedy are here and he says the same thing I do.. it is way overrated to think they were any different than Pres. Obama has been. So to say he needs to be more like them is just not correct and is just being silly... they settled for way less than what the president is asking for...and then the bills were added to later. That's not what the President wants, that's not what he is trying to do.. if that's what he wanted, this could have been done a long time ago.

To say the President has mishandled this health care reform debate is just not correct.. he has handled it just as he is.. in his own way.. He is the man we elected and nothing more. To demand him to change now is just silly on our part.. That's not what I expected or thought he would do.

If you thought he was going to be different.. then YOU didn't know Barack Obama.


NEWSGUY said...

Lordy, this Michael Steele thing is so full of lies and misinformation. Just one lie after another. It is truly incredible. You know, I blame the WaPo for printing this crap. It is total nonsense. And he has the gall to defend Social Security which the Republicans fought tooth and claw. Steele is either an idiot or cynically manipulating the truth.

I am so disappointed in Obama. I think he screwed this thing up from the start.

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K. said...

Amazing how the lies never change. In an odd way, this all cheers me up (which I need). After all, Medicare came to pass and is an essential part of all our lives.

Mauigirl said...

Very interesting, and so was Bob Cesca's piece. I think we should all keep this in mind. I always knew Barack Obama was a pragmatist and would try to get things done in his own way and incrementally. He never even promised universal healthcare during the campaign - Hillary was the one saying that. His plan always left some people out.

I believe he thinks that "the perfect is the enemy of the good" and I agree. If he can get any kind of improvement passed, then he has done the job in my opinion.

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