Role Model Fail

1 comment July 2nd, 2009at 07:27am Posted by Eli

I’m okay with Obama wanting to emulate a former president, but why not FDR instead of The Worst And Most Unpopular President Ever?

President Obama offered a wonkish defense of his embattled health-care reform effort during an hour-long town hall meeting in Northern Virginia yesterday that featured seven questions, including one sent via Twitter and several from a handpicked audience of supporters.


In the stage-managed event, questions for Obama came from a live audience selected by the White House and the college, and from Internet questions chosen by the administration’s new-media team. Of the seven questions the president answered, four were selected by his staff from videos submitted to the White House Web site or from those responding to a request for “tweets.”

So we have handpicked questions from a handpicked audience.  Well gee, that doesn’t sound bogus or familiar at all.  I didn’t have a problem with the Nico Pitney pseudoscandal; the WH had no idea what the question would be, and it was fair and tough, but this is just way too reminiscent of Bush and his bubble.  Couple that with Obama’s similarly cavalier approach to the Constitution, secrecy, detainees, and executive powers, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s changed.

I can forgive a lot (but not the secrecy and unitary executive stuff) if Obama pushes through a strong healthcare reform package, but this is at least his second recent appearance where (as far as I can tell from the reporting) he didn’t say anything about the public option.  I find that very, very worrisome – mandatory insurance without a public option would actually be far, far worse than the status quo for everyone except the insurance and healthcare industries.

UPDATE: I just got a look at an actual transcript, and Obama did talk about the public option. So chalk that up to bad reporting on the town hall.

He definitely didn’t say anything about it in his not-the-Rose-Garden press conference, though. And I still have serious doubts about the depth of his commitment to it.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Obama,Politics,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. david  |  July 2nd, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    The problem with the so-called public option is that the public option will less to providers, and the result (rather than providers cutting costs effectively) will simply pass on the unreimbursed costs to the private market. That’s what’s going on today in the uninsured market. It’s called the cost shift. So the public option will create a substantial cost shift, driving more people into the public option because the private market rates will be forced higher and higher. That’s called a death spiral.

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