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Rahm Emanuel defends health-care maneuvering on '60 Minutes'

In the midst of Sunday night's House health-care debate, CBS aired a "60 Minutes" interview with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Understandably, the bulk of his discussion with Katie Couric centered on the long reform fight.

Asked about reports that he had pushed for more piecemeal reform, Emanuel said he wanted whatever the president wanted. He argued that opposition to the bill and displeasure over parliamentary procedures would fade.

"The process does not trump the product. And if we get pre-existing conditions banned as discriminatory process, if we get people who are uninsured, health care that they never had, get senior citizens complete coverage of their prescription drugs... people will see the immediate benefit. Right now, it's kind of out there. It's not touching their lives."

Emanuel also rejected the idea that Washington is broken.

"Let me say this. You can get bipartisanship to get certain things done. Sometimes you will have differences, and that's not a negative," he said. "Just because there's politics or principle difference doesn't mean it's a negative. It means we have fundamental, philosophical policy differences. That's what elections are about. That's what governing's about."

By Rachel Weiner  |  March 21, 2010; 9:30 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Health Care  
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Posted by: Sparky15 | March 22, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. has a lot of issues, but the inability to read and interpret a simple paragraph is probably the most frightening. The American population, on average, reads, writes and comprehends at an 8th grade level. The Republican leadership knows that they are dealing with of a bunch of 14 year olds and so do the Insurance Companies. Most people are right in their assessment that the “Tea-baggers” marched merrily to the Bush Administrations’ tune. He started two “unfunded” wars and gave his “Rich & Corporate Base” humongous tax cuts, with a few pennies thrown in for the masses. The CBO stated many times that the upper 6% would benefit the most, yet these “Tea-baggers” went along with the program. (Oh, and by the way, the tax cut was passed through “Reconciliation”).

Americans need to get a clue and quit being buffoons. We’re not even ‘human’ anymore if we’re just a bunch of consumers and that’s all we’re good for … consuming and making little consumers (that’s why no abortions, it’s bad for the economy). Here we are, ranked 37th in the world on health care coverage yet we spend far more per person than many other countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, and Japan. They cover everyone while we mostly cover citizens only if they’re fully employed. Thousands of Americans die each year as a result of unaffordable health insurance and/or denial of claims. Yet we have “tea parties” and town halls where racism has to compete with claims of fascism, socialism and the general drop in IQs over the last 10 years.

As for paying for this health plan, nothing provided by the Government is free. You and I pay for it with our tax dollars. Our tax dollars pay for farm subsidies to ADM, Cotton Growers, Corn Growers, BIG Tobacco and for the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Our tax dollars also pay for the “Billions & Billions” of dollars in aid to Israel each year, but I don’t see people jumping up and down and carrying loaded AR-15s and screaming about “THAT MONEY”. If America doesn’t wake up soon, we’ll be well on our way to becoming a third-world nation. (Personally, I think we’re already there)

At last count, 37 states are planning to either put forward amendments to their state Constitutions to void this Health Care bill or to file suit in federal court to prohibit its enactment. (Once 2/3rds – or 34 – of the states pass such a law, does it then become an amendment to the U.S. Constitution?) What a wonderful example we set to the whole world. People in all the different sections of Iraq are probably thinking – hey, the Kurds can have their own niche, the Sunnis their own, and the Shiites too. We can all still be a country and divided at the same time. What a special idea! We can argue and rant and demonstrate and file law suits and protest and call each other really bad names – and we don’t even have to blow up bombs any more.

Posted by: ppsikogios | March 21, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprise the maggots at 60 Minutes gave the Obama administration this propaganda freebie. The "old media" is as corrupt as the politicians in Washington. Absolutely sickening. But the fight isn't over. We will take it to the courts, the state legislatures, and the polls in November.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | March 21, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

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