"I Don't Do Policy," Says RNC Chairman Michael Steele
Dana Milbank filed a nice report from RNC Chairman Michael Steele's speech yesterday, which borrowed pretty liberally from a message document that GOP pollster Alex Castallanos had drawn up. "Only one thing would have made the performance more impressive," said Milbank. "If Castellanos had been able to drink a glass of water while Steele was talking." Things got a bit dicier, however, when Steele left the realm of message and turned to the world of policy. Castellanos's paper doesn't seem to have had a particularly thorough section on that:
The chairman referred carefully to his text as he delivered his broadsides: "big government wish list . . . urge to splurge . . . shove this bill through . . . Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Waxman cabal . . . reckless . . . unprecedented intrusion." After more than 20 minutes of this, Steele devoted a few minutes to a Republican alternative: online posting of prices and outcomes for tests and procedures; a single, simplified billing form; paperless health-care systems; preventive care; portability of health coverage between jobs. He neglected to mention the awkward detail that all of these are included, in some form, in the Democrats' health-care legislation -- which he labeled socialist.
At one point, a questioner asked whether Republicans support covering everybody. "I don't do policy," replied the leader of the Republican Party.
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