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Reform Effort Puts Obama Back on the Trail

By Ben Pershing
President Obama's poll numbers have been dropping almost since the day he took office. So as he works to sell his signature initiative, Obama plans a brief return to the place where he has achieved the most success -- the campaign trail.

Obama "will take the baton" on health care this week, according to the Washington Post, planning "an aggressive public and private schedule" of events to promote reform, including a roundtable discussion in Washington today, Wednesday's prime-time press conference and a trip to Cleveland to pitch reform. Of course, Obama won't be selling a specific plan -- he doesn't have one -- so instead his message will be focused on the urgency of the issue and the importance of a few general principles. Organizing for America, Obama's former campaign operation, will be holding events in all 50 states for this "health care reform week of action." The effort comes, the Wall Street Journal writes, as Democrats "are facing new resistance on Capitol Hill to rapid movement on health-care legislation amid concerns about the cost, the political price for raising taxes -- and even an emerging dispute about whether abortions should be covered."

Mickey Kaus asks, "When was the last time a president's campaign-style attempt to sell a policy has actually succeeded in selling the policy?" George W. Bush did a reasonably good job convincing the public that Social Security needed fixing, but was never able to sell a plan to fix it. Ditto on immigration. And while Obama has yet to endorse a specific health-care fix, do Republicans need to settle on a coherent reform plan of their own? No, Kaus argues , since the GOP can simply say to Democrats: "The status quo would be better than your plans. Vote no."

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By Ben Pershing  |  July 20, 2009; 8:24 AM ET
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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!


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Jack Smith — Working Class

Posted by: JackSmith1 | July 20, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a liberal or conservative bill!
It's a giveaway to the big insurance companies. It forces more people into their plans, still protects them under ERISA 514a and 502i (look them up, they severely limit, or completely remove, your ability to sue them for denying your a claim), and limits their competition under state rules.

Posted by: ProfElwood | July 20, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Americans collectively made a monumental mistake by installing Obama and the radical left Democrats in charge of the country.
Obama sees health care as the way to put government in charge of the very life of every American. This is like making him a God to the uneducated and non-producinc Americans. Come to find out his version of "health care" is more expensive than what we have and will reduce the ability for patients to recieve health care.
The Democrats are Marxists. This is not your gather's Democrat and Oldsmobiles are government cars today, clunkers tomorrow.

Posted by: lclifton | July 20, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

This new Post/ABC poll states a majority of American support the Health Bill. What health bill?? Has anyone actually read it?? They come out with this poll claiming support for healthcare overhaul when almost nobody that I know supports it...where are they polling....San Fransicko?? HEY POST/ABC....GET OUT OF THE TANK!!

Posted by: CTLangis | July 20, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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