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Health Care Fight Marks the Start of 2010 Campaign

By Ben Pershing
The 2010 campaign began in earnest Monday, and with it the fight for the fate of President Obama's first term.

Republicans had nibbled at the edges of Obama's popularity before, testing for weakness by voting against the stimulus bill, mocking his efforts to change America's image abroad and peddling the argument that a campaign based on change had instead brought forth more of the same. But those small skirmishes were only prelude, as the GOP mounted a full-fledged assault on Obama's signature initiative -- health care -- on the six-month anniversary of his inauguration. At the same time, the president is heeding the wishes of fellow Democrats by engaging personally in the debate and mounting a series of events this week to highlight the need for action. This argument will shape the narrative of the midterm election, which could well hinge as much on Obama's ability to deliver his promised reforms as it will on the state of the economy.

Violent metaphors abound this morning. Jim DeMint started things off last week by saying that a defeat on health care would be Obama's "Waterloo." (Mixing wars, DeMint also said "this health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America.") The Los Angeles Times reports Michael Steele "escalated" his "assault" Monday as Republicans are "smelling blood." It's a "political street fight," Politico declares. William Kristol drew attention by advising Republicans: "Go for the kill." John Boehner urged that Democrats be "torn apart by wild dogs and left to rot." Okay, he didn't. But would you have been surprised if he had?

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By Ben Pershing  |  July 21, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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"At this point with Liebama in charge, America would be safer if Mayor Quimby, of the Simpson's Springfield, were President.

Posted by: sperrico | July 21, 2009 3:00 PM"
Perhaps you should consider including some examples to substantiate your juvenile claims.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 21, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

At this point with Liebama in charge, America would be safer if Mayor Quimby, of the Simpson's Springfield, were President.

Posted by: sperrico | July 21, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Jack Smith -

Could you let us know what the 'excellent bill' in front of the House does to address medical malpractice?

Posted by: dbw1 | July 21, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse


"Health care is a basic human right, and we are all called to bear each other's burdens and care for one another. Unless you believe differently than Jesus who told the story of the good Samaritan who helped a total stranger, paying for an injured man's care...."

I've read that story many times. Funny, I don't remember the part about how the Samaritan was a bureaucrat working for the government and spending tax revenues he collected from "the rich".

If you want to discuss the best way to reform our system, that's one thing. But don't pretend liberals are the only ones with 'compassion' for the sick and poor.

Conservatives believe the sick and poor need help, and that it is OUR responsibility, and we should spend OUR time and money helping those in our communities. We also believe a centralized government program will only add inefficiency and waste if they get more involved than they already are.

Liberals believe the sick and poor need help, but believe it is someone else's responsibility, and someone else's money (usually from the greedy, evil, rich people) should be used to take care of the problem. Liberal "compassion" usually involves taking money from someone else...

It's the height of arrogance and utter disregard for facts to pretend liberals care about people and conservatives don't. Do a little 'googling' on the statistical studies that research ties between political ideology and the willingness to give both money and time to charitable causes. Tell me what you find as far as which political party members tend to be 'more compassionate'.

As to your totally inaccurate twisting of Biblical teaching in a vain attempt to make a political point, that's a discussion I wouldn't mind having but I'm not sure everyone else wants to turn this into a theology board....

Posted by: dbw1 | July 21, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Is America better than Communist China when it comes to health care reform -- Medicare.
The Chinese government got rid of free medical treatment, including “barefoot doctors” who treated rural peasants, and replaced it with a private, cash-only system.
Sound familiar?
Chinese people, regardless of their economic status, must now pay for all medical services.
The U.S. congress must pass the Obama proposal, a watered-down version of the old Clinton plan, or, like China, get ride of all government medical programs.

Rudy Haugeneder
Victoria, BC, Canada, where Medicare protects all its citizens.

Posted by: Rudy7 | July 21, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse


The healthcare reform bill released by the House Of Representatives is an excellent bill as I understand it. It's a bill with a strong, robust, government-run public option, and an intelligent, reasonable initial funding plan to cover almost all of the American people. It is carefully written, and thoughtfully constructed, informed, prudent and wise. This bill will save trillions of dollars, and millions of your lives. It is also now supported by the AMA.

This is the type of bill that all Americans can feel good about. And this is the type of bill that has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans. Rich, middle class and poor a like. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all other party affiliations. This bill has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life of every American.

The house healthcare bill should be viewed as the minimum GOLD STANDARD by which all other proposed healthcare legislation should be judged. All supporters of true high quality healthcare reform should now place all your support behind this healthcare reform bill released by the United States House Of Representatives, as the minimum Gold standard for healthcare reform in America.

You should all now support this bill with all your might, and all of your unrelenting tenacity. This healthcare bill is a VERY, VERY GOOD! bill for all of the American people. Fight tooth, and nail for every bit of this bill if you have too. Be aggressive, creative, and relentless for this bill.

From this time forward, go BIGGER and DEEPER with the American people every day until passage of healthcare reform with a robust, government-run public option.

FIGHT!! like your life and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. BECAUSE IT DOES!


Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (

God Bless You

Jack Smith — Working Class

Posted by: JackSmith1 | July 21, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

keep smoking whatever drug your using. In 2010 the GOP will come-back because of the Kenyan's over reach thereby checking Obama for the rest of his rein.

Posted by: sperrico | July 21, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

All of the Spendocrats who rubber stamped these spending bills are going to have a lot of explaining to do to their constituents. 2010 is going to be change they can count on. Anyone who thinks those that rubber stamped these monstrosities without reading them will not be impacted at the polls have been smoking the Green Shoots.

2010 vote fiscally responsible candidates Red or Blue.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | July 21, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

No one will remember anything about the health care fight by the time the 2010 elections roll around. Nothing occurring right now - not low Obama poll numbers, not the health care mess, not the bad economy - will impact the mid-terms.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 21, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Why do the uninsured affect the rest of us? Use Medicaid, Medicare, tax credits, prior year or forward one year. But Obsama wants to "dumb down" health care for 99 percent of Americans. of course, as usual with his kind, he wants better for himself and his family. No way is his presidency going to be anything but a failure now.

Posted by: sperrico | July 21, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I am willing to pay a little more in taxes to make sure that every American has access to health care. It's the right thing to do.


Health care is a basic human right, and we are all called to bear each other's burdens and care for one another.

Unless you believe differently than Jesus who told the story of the good Samaritan who helped a total stranger, paying for an injured man's care....

The GOP is lying and trying to scare to Americans to stop health care reform.


Because the GOP is in bed with the insurance industry.....

GOP = greedy old prostitutes

Posted by: abby0802 | July 21, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Washington's Dilemma: This Isn't a Recession, It's a Collapse

A newly broken relationship between Washington and the states might also quicken the pulse of anti-federalists, who feel we are long overdue for a tip in the balance of power. Perhaps it would all work out well. For the best, even

Posted by: bruiserND | July 21, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I think my favorite is Obama's quote that 'health care reform shouldn't be political'. Huh.

Follow me here...Democrats themselves have said that one of the main reasons costs keep going up is that doctors and practitioners over-prescribe and order too many tests...many unnecessary...for patients. Why do doctors do this? Since my wife is a practitioner, I'll tell you....THEY FEAR BEING SUED and losing their business!!!

You see stories all the time of a doctor or hospital being sued because they missed something a lawyer said they should have found. You know, a person goes to the doctor, complains of a pain in their shoulder, so the doctor prescribes prescription-strength Aspirin and tells them to come back in a couple weeks if it doesn't improve. Next thing you know the patient is in the hospital with a heart attack and the doctor is sued for $10M because the lawyer claims he should have found the blockage weeks earlier if he had run CT's and MRI's when the patient complained of their shoulder pain.

So what do doctor's do? Any patient who complains of even the slightest problem that could maybe be the sign of something larger will have a full battery of tests ordered just to rule out anything and everything. Hence, higher costs.

So back to the point. Obama says "health care shouldn't be political". Is that so? Then why do NONE of the Democrat plans have anything in them to address malpractice lawsuit reform?

I wonder if maybe, just maybe, it's because trial lawyers donate zillions of dollars to Democrats every single election year to make sure the Dem's keep the trial lawyer's gravy train rolling.

When Obama is ready to address malpractice lawsuits, conservatives like myself will be willing to take him seriously when he speaks of the need to reform the system. In the meantime, as long as he continues to speak of just reforming the half of the system that doesn't contribute to his campaign committee, we should continue to take his 'reform' for the joke that it is.

Posted by: dbw1 | July 21, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

At least the column author is very professional. Putting words in the mouth of Boehner, and then musing that although not real it could be. An attempt at humor, I'm sure, but just shows once again something columnists with a left-bend like this one would never imply their Democrat buddies are capable of saying the same things.

Posted by: dbw1 | July 21, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

All this talk of health care, but there isn't a single insurance company that will cover the cost of hearing aids. If fact the ones who still had this sort of coverage have subsequently dropped all coverage. I was finally told that I need to begin using them, but have you ever priced them? A good hearing aid can cost $2000 or more, and the total cost is placed back on the consumer. What kind of policy do we need to have to change this? Any kind of health care they want to create isn't worth squat if they don't cover what many people consider essentials. I am now one of them.

Posted by: tgolamb | July 21, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse



"When you see the abuse of power, you've got to speak."

-- VP candidate Joseph Biden, Aug. 27, 2008, Democratic National Convention




And federal citizen volunteer programs front for the GPS-activated "community gang stalkers" who are terrorizing their neighbors as police look the other way...

...harassing, vandalizing, slandering, destroying their livelihoods as the health of their "targets" is degraded by widely-deployed microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons" -- the long-feared weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum.

And Congress and the mainstream media are largely unaware.

A parallel array of federal "programs of personal financial destruction" slowly decimate the family finances of "target" families -- surely a factor in the mortgage meltdown that precipitated the global financial crisis.

And Congress and the mainstream media are largely unaware.

When victims complain, they are told there is "nothing to investigate."

True -- because Bush-Cheney "leave-behinds" and local law enforcement authorities nationwide KNOW ALL ABOUT IT.

Will Congress, the national press corps, and Team Obama wake up and realize that democracy, human rights and the rule of law are being stolen at the GRASSROOTS?

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA" (see "stream" or "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 21, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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