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Is Health-Care Reform Inevitable?

By Ben Pershing
Is health-care reform inevitable?

That question has come to the fore in recent days, as President Obama and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill attempt to navigate a maze full of opposition and entrenched interests to arrive at a reform package. Politics is all about leverage, and for now, the pro-reform forces have it. That's why so many potential opponents of the White House's efforts -- drug companies, hospitals, moderate Republicans -- have been willing to sit down and negotiate on the issue. If health-care reform is inevitable, they'd rather make some sacrifices and have a seat at the table then be caught outside the room when the deal is made.

But what if reform isn't inevitable? What if all those interest groups look at Obama's declining poll numbers and the complicated politics of the Senate and decide there is a better than even chance that nothing will pass this year? Then their incentives change, from trying to shift the bill incrementally in their favor to just opposing it outright. Now, no one is reading the reform movement its last rites yet, but each time a new hurdle rises, its advocates get a little more worried.

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By Ben Pershing  |  July 10, 2009; 8:37 AM ET
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The Washington Post by running stories like this shows which side it is on in the fight to change health care. Lots of that drug money and insurance profit has found it's way into this article.
Rush Limbaugh isn't alone.

Posted by: seemstome | July 11, 2009 6:52 AM | Report abuse

ATTN -- AG Holder, DHS Sec. Napolitano, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Jay Carney:


• Desperate attempt to cover up a much broader covert ‘multi-agency coordinated action program” of nationwide extra-legal targeting and punishment — using a GPS-enabled citizen volunteer vigilante army recruited from federally-funded volunteer and public safety agencies and “directed energy weapons” torture? RE: “GESTAPO USA”

For more on apparent government surveillance “fusion center” censorship and prior restraint of citizen telecommunications, see “comments” section of this ACLU blog thread:

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If congress does not pass a healthcare their challenger in the primary should be the one running for congress next time. We need healthcare reform and if the ones in office now can not do it then someone else from the same or the other party should be doing it. The only ones against reform are the ones who have been profiting so handsomely now.

This is too important to be partisan.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 10, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

parkerfl1 comments on the "anti-Obama press".

What anti Obama press? Where? Russia?

Obama will fail because he is a liberal socialist following the blueprint for "Change" set forth by Saul Alinsky.

The crooks among the democrats (Obama, Acorn, Pelosi, Reid, Barney, Kerry, and socialists everywhere will fail because those ideas and plans have always failed wherever implemented.

Idiots that believe in the current Obama mantra of change are simply fools looking for something, anything, they can believe in besides an almighty God.

Posted by: prhornbeak | July 10, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Healthcare reform should be inevitable. What is being offered now is NOT reform - it's handing over healthcare to the insurance, physician, and pharmaceutical cartels and put the cost even more firmly onto the backs of the eroding middle class.

The concept is so all starts with a single question. "Is healthcare a right of American Citizens?" If the answer is "yes", then it can no longer be a profiteering scheme for insurance companies, physicians, and pharmaceutical companies. Americans can no longer be viewed as "consumers" of heathcare. The term consumer is symbolic of the failed Friedmanist multinational corporatism that put the world economy in this global depression.

If the answer is "no", then do nothing. It becomes a profiteering scheme...which is the nature of healthcare provision in the present. Most legislators don't think healthcare is a right - just ask them.

Posted by: pcw5150 | July 10, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Reform will only fail if Americans start paying attention to the vicious attacks of the anti-Obama press...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 10, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

It is time for real healthcare reform. There is a related post at

Posted by: carlyt | July 10, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

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