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Conservatives attack on H1N1

The American Future Fund, an Iowa-based conservative interest group, will launch ads tomorrow that seek to link the Obama Administration's handling of the H1N1 flu with broader questions about the viability of a public option being included in a health care overhaul.

The ad begins by noting that in July the Obama Administration promised 120 million H1N1 vaccines would be available by October but only 27 million actually were ready at that time. "Children, pregnant women, seniors line up for nothing," says the ad's narrator before adding that the government had planned to give vaccines to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. (The White House on Thursday denied talk that Gitmo prisoners were being vaccinated before the general public.)

"If the government can't run a flu program can we trust them to run America's entire health care system?" asks the narrator at the ad's conclusion.

The ad, which will run on national cable as well as on broadcast television during the Sunday political talk shows, is costing American Future Fund $450,000 although the group may put more money behind it in the coming days, according to a source familiar with the ad buy.

As we have written before, how the Obama Administration handles concerns about H1N1 -- and, as importantly, how the public perceives the actions the government takes and doesn't take -- could have real political consequences.

President Obama was elected, at least in part, on his pledge to turn the page from the seeming incompetence of the Bush Administration when it came to delivering the basic goods and services that people expect from the government.

The H1N1 virus -- and the fears it has evoked -- marks the first major test of how the Obama Administration will do things differently from its predecessor.

Fear (and doubt) are powerful political motivators, and ads like this one are hoping to take the concerns people have about H1N1 and port it over to broader concerns about the government taking an even larger role in health care.

Couple those doubts with the Tuesday's election defeats for Democrats -- and the fleeing of independents from their party standard -- and it's easy to see that the health care overhaul isn't quite a done deal yet.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 5, 2009; 11:41 AM ET
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Passage of a health care bill is all but inevitable. How much actual reform will be in the bill is highly debatable though.

Did the Obama administration make the promise over one hundred million does of the vaccine will be available by October? If so, even if not their fault, their competence is undermined and officials should be henceforth more cautious in stating grandiose promises, especially about jobs.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | November 6, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

My child came home from school saying that they learned to cough and sneeze into their elbow with Germy Wormie, and I was totally taken aback. I always covered with my hands. But I went to the website and now I get it, hands touch, elbows don't!! Kids can touch 300 surfaces in 1/2 hour and they hate to wash their hands. There is also an entertaining DVD that teaches them the elbow cough, as well as other important hygiene habits. Prevention like this is crucial because anyone who gets the H1N1 vaccine may be a carrier anyway, health department officials say.

Posted by: marymoran1 | November 5, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Fix, can you remind your readers of how Obama wanted to include swine flu-related funding in his stimulus bill 8 months back and it got scoffed at by Republicans as "pork" (they were so proud of that not-so-funny pun).

Posted by: jbentley4 | November 5, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

@G&T: Wasn't it just a few weeks ago these same sociopaths were claiming there was no swine flu epidemic and any government plan to vaccine people was a commie plot?

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Yeah and encouraging kids to stay in school and study hard is really a nefarious plot to enslave their minds.

Getting a little sick of Republicans seeing monsters.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 5, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Why is "the Fox" fronting this bogus, anti-BHO nonsense?

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For the same reason we get endless breathless excitement about nonentities like the two Ps: it's his job.

It's kind of irritating that anyone is expected to believe that all the inherited problems Obama is trying to solve are of his own making. I expect that sort of BS from the trolls, I don't expect it from the columnist. It's disappointing.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 5, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@G&T: Wasn't it just a few weeks ago these same sociopaths were claiming there was no swine flu epidemic and any government plan to vaccine people was a commie plot?

Why is "the Fox" fronting this bogus, anti-BHO nonsense? I, for one, don't want to read about the activities of the "American Future Fund," the White Citizens Council, Stormfront, the Minutemen, or Chip Salsman. What's the deal here?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 5, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Like I said its hard out there for Republicans. Can you imagine the realization? You have to say stuff so PaulRevere4 and ravitchin can get together and agree they need to elect you to represent their interests.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 5, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This headline could have been written 50+ years ago.

Conservatives attack on Salk Polio vaccine.

Conservatives attack on water floradation.

The usual anti-science crowd spins the story.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | November 5, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Do you find that your lifestyle is becoming crowded with restrictions and new laws and taxes that have come out of nowhere?

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Why, no, not at all, why do you ask?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 5, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Even shining Negro messiahs will not get away with screwing up the swine flu vaccine delivery.

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take this cracker crap back to stormfront, you 50s reject

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 5, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

TO: mnteng @ 2:17 p.m.

Actually, Big Pharma stands to gain from Obamacare, so why would they seek to derail it?

No, I think it's your hard-right Palin pitchfork grassroots gestapo types, their well-funded right-wing PR machine, and fellow travelers and Bush-Cheney leave-behinds within the bureaucracy that are more likely to be behind any ideologically-motivated sabotage of the vaccination campaign.

Maybe they even did something to Sec. Sebelius that resulted in her skin lesion and droopy eyelid, who knows?

Of course, we all know that would never happen because it would be wrong.

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GOV'T TORTURES ME WITH SILENT MICROWAVE WEAPONS, SAYS OUSTED HONDURAS PREZ

• Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya confirms the essence what unjustly targeted citizens worldwide -- including this journalist -- have been reporting for years...

...MILITARY, SECRET SERVICES, AND INTEL AGENCIES of many nations, including the U.S., silently assault and torture "targeted individuals," including those regarded as "dissenters" or slandered as undesirables, with debilitating, health-degrading, "slow-kill" electromagnetic microwave and laser radiation weapons systems -- reported to include a nationwide installation camouflaged as cell towers, along with satellites and portable weaponry.

JOURNO TO FBI: SEIZE CONTROL OF DHS-RUN FUSION CENTERS
TO STOP SILENT MICROWAVE / LASER ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 5, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Even shining Negro messiahs will not get away with screwing up the swine flu vaccine delivery.

Posted by: ravitchn | November 5, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

http://www.infowars.com/the-reversal-of-reality-publicizing-h1n1-vaccine-facts-as-myths-and-myths-as-facts/
November 4, 2009
Dr. Russell Blaylock discusses the real myths on his website russellblaylockmd.com in a section which entails “Swine Flu Data” where he provides scientific references and evidence to support his claims.

Dr. Leonard Horowitz has recently released a report which outlines how Obama’s recent national emergency declaration is advancing media hype, deadly vaccinations and depopulations agendas. In addition he released a youtube video which outlines the key components of the report and details why government establishments are creating artificial scarcity myths via “shortage marketing” techniques to promote their agenda.

There are literally hundreds of mainline reports on a weekly basis which are reversing the reality of facts and myths on the pandemic. So called H1N1 vaccine experts and advocates are losing their credibility at lightning speed and they know it. They must resort to such tactics to maintain their weakening grip on the strengthening minds of the public who are awakening to the reality of vaccines. They are being defeated by real science and information that only exposes one thing….the truth!

Finding the economy a little tough going lately? Are you noticing that prices seem to be going up and up, even on groceries? Do you find that your lifestyle is becoming crowded with restrictions and new laws and taxes that have come out of nowhere?
Take a look at what has been going on and being planned for all of the world's citizens by our Governments and the United Nations, give yourself a fighting chance, decide for yourself and research the facts, after you watch the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VebOTc-7shU

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | November 5, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 5, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Some of the critics of The Fix are tilting at windmills. For starters, where is his analysis wrong? I'll take a stab, looking at the last half of the article:

The Fix (TF): "As we have written before, how the Obama Administration handles concerns about H1N1 -- and, as importantly, how the public perceives the actions the government takes and doesn't take -- could have real political consequences."

True. The Obama admin's performance on handling H1N1 could have political consequences, particularly given that conservatives/repubs are looking for any chink in the armor.

TF: "President Obama was elected, at least in part, on his pledge to turn the page from the seeming incompetence of the Bush Administration when it came to delivering the basic goods and services that people expect from the government."

Also true. The Bush admin was seemingly incompetent. They were factually incompetent too.

TF: "The H1N1 virus -- and the fears it has evoked -- marks the first major test of how the Obama Administration will do things differently from its predecessor."

A touch of hyperbole. H1N1 is probably not the 'first major test'. Early actions on the economy were firster and more majorer.

TF: "Fear (and doubt) are powerful political motivators, and ads like this one are hoping to take the concerns people have about H1N1 and port it over to broader concerns about the government taking an even larger role in health care."

True. FUD is powerful. Opponents of the Obama admin will use FUD against them.

TF: "Couple those doubts with the Tuesday's election defeats for Democrats -- and the fleeing of independents from their party standard -- and it's easy to see that the health care overhaul isn't quite a done deal yet."

Half true. Sure, its easy to notice that HC overhaul isn't quite done yet. The wrong is in tying Tuesday so closely to national Dems & the WH. Tuesday's losses reflect that Obama specifically motivated voters a lot more than Dems generally. Obama likely had coattails that helped in House & Senate races. On Tuesday, Deeds in VA was something of an anti-Obama in terms of inspiring voters & in failing to draw voters to the polls, dragged VA Lege candidates with him. The Fix doesn't yet quite get voters & should perhaps go sit at Broder's knee from time to time.

Summary: allegations of Fix bias are overstated. He makes errors, but not with a partisan agenda.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 5, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I have seen EXTREMELY healthy High School football players devastated--unable to move in bed-- for 5 days with the Swine Flu before they recovered......

and these kids would play with broken bones if you let them

the version these kids got is Bad

it could easly kill those who are not in shape

the first batch of kids who got sick were all given Tamiflu

the second batch were denied Tamiflu per Sebelius CDC guidelines--while the CDC is giving it away to other countries

we got everyone of them Tamiflu through other means

Sebelius--the village idiot

Posted by: ProCounsel | November 5, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I have seen EXTREMELY healthy High School football players devastated--unable to move in bed-- for 5 days with the Swine Flu before they recovered......

and these kids would play with broken bones if you let them

the version these kids got is Bad

it could easly kill those who are not in shape

the first batch of kids who got sick were all given Tamiflu

the second batch were denied Tamiflu per Sebelius CDC guidelines--while the CDC is giving it away to other countries

we got everyone of them Tamiflu through other means

Sebelius--the village idiot

Posted by: ProCounsel | November 5, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50 writes:
"Ever consider the possibility that Team Obama is being set up for failure on the H1N1 vaccine?"

Yes! I want to start a movement here to spread the word that Big Pharma (Merck, Sanofi, etc.) were intentionally negligent in deriving vaccine strains of 2009 H1N1 influenza that are well-adapted to growth in embryonated eggs in an attempt to derail health care/insurance reform, knowing that any delay in vaccine distribution would be laid on BHO's doorstep and thus erode his credibility. I will just need a couple of subpoenas for e-mail and other internal correspondence at the vaccine companies to prove my point. Also, I'll need to see the correspondence between company executives and America Future Fund to show collusion in orchestrating this campaign to impugn the integrity of POTUS. Can any patriotic lawyers out there help me with getting these subpoenas?


Posted by: mnteng | November 5, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Lookit, I am not saying everything he writes is well written or carefully considered, some stuff is, some isn't.

I am saying this column is about the Republican machine and that is fine with me. The Republican Rising! is the wall at which DD says CC is throwing Republican behavior to see what sticks. There is nothing odd about that, it is only a matter of whether this is a well done pastiche, or not. I can't stand Drudge, this I can.

It is true this was not what the Fix was about when it started. But that does not matter. I think on any given day you can criticize the quality of the Republican Rising! monologue, but it makes no sense to worry about balance. Those days are gone. The clicks, the eyeballs, they don't support it.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 5, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

If you cannot trust the government for your health care, why are you complaining about not getting a government-issued taxpayer-paid swine flu vaccine? I thought you want to have nothing to do with our government when it comes to your health. That's all fine, but we don't want to hear about your attack on the vaccine for lack of trials first and now on getting it to you too late.

Posted by: dummy4peace | November 5, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

If this space wants to prove it's not a Drudge "imitator" or an "heir" of Drudge, as the Columbia Journalism Review has charged, republishing the weekly wingnut junk attacking our President is not the way to do it.

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Excerpt from CJR:

"Drudge is in part a victim of his own success. He spawned imitators and emulators, who in turn have only further splintered the media world. If there is an agenda to be set, no one outlet or editor has the power to set it. It’s simply too rapid and unknowable a thing to harness. While The Fix, put together by Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post, and Playbook, put together by Politico’s Mike Allen, are often referred to as Drudge’s heirs, neither has the influence that Drudge once had.... Of course, their existence is a testament to Drudge’s legacy as a trailblazer in the field of Internet newsgathering and gossip mongering. But increasingly, a legacy is all the Drudge Report has to offer."

http://www.cjr.org/feature/drudge_has_lost_his_touch.php?page=3


Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 5, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't think so, shrink. There are a couple other columnists who say it like it is, in spite of management. Since he admits to being a Drudge acolyte, it's not surprising. See the Columbia Journalism Review comment that Joe posted.

And see the REAL news:

Here it is -- the next scalp:

"Club for Growth, the conservative group that bankrolled Doug Hoffman's failed candidacy in NY-23, has, not surprisingly, set its sights on Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) today with an ad that will air on Florida television.

The ad attacks Crist for supporting the stimulus and speaking in favor of it at rallies with President Obama. It claims "200,000 Floridians have lost their jobs" since the stimulus passed."

And who will this help most?

Kendrick Meek.

Posted by: drindl | November 5, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

If anything, the vaccine shortage highlights the problems of for-profit healthcare and not enough government intervention...vaccines are not very profitable; therefore, vaccine makers do not invest the time and money into finding new and better methods of creating flu vaccines. (We can do better than growing the virus in chicken egges). If the government had been MORE involved and mandated that vaccine makers invest in more current technologies, we would not be having this shortage now.

Posted by: jennie129 | November 5, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"the seeming incompetence of the Bush Administration"

Can you imagine clicking along about this advertisement, you write, "...the incompetence of the Bush Administration..."

Then you realize your editor won't let something entirely obvious to everyone everywhere, thats right, everyone everywhere, pass into a Republican Rising! opinion piece. You Fix it by inserting the awkward adjective.

What you have to understand is that it is the Post that is doing this, it isn't like CC is falling for Sarah Palin.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 5, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

d posted "shrink -- this column is billed as political commentary, not rightwing regugitation. God knows there's plenty of that around, why can't the f*cking WaPo, of all venues, manage to have a couple of opinion slots that are even-handed?

Hey, when this column started, which I think was about two years ago, he made much more effort to be balanced. Now, he barely ever even quotes a Dem, unless it's one of those who have something critical or negative to say -- about Dems."
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As you know, a recent article of the Columbia Journalism Review described this space as a "imitator" and "emulator" of Drudge, the noted purveyor of right wing extremist nonsense. Sadly, the damage is done.


Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Ever consider the possibility that Team Obama is being set up for failure on the H1N1 vaccine?

Yes, the rule must be "First, Do No Harm." It IS difficult to trust a bureaucracy that is doing THIS -- begun in earnest under Bush-Cheney and now damaging the Obama presidency:

SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS, PERSECUTES U.S. CITIZENS WITH MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION AND LOCAL VIGILANTISM, SAYS MAINSTREAM JOURNALIST

* Thousands of Americans, deemed to be "dissidents" or undesirables, targeted by Bush legacy program for debilitating microwave/laser assault, held hostage in their own homes to fed-supported vigilante "community policing" stalking units, equipped with warrantless GPS devices, who vandalize and terrorize as local police look the other way.

* "Directed energy weapons," portable units and a nationwide installation employing cell towers and satellites, induce weakness, exhaustion, head and body aches, physical and neurological impairment, strokes, aneurysms, cancer -- and many victims do not realize what is making them sick.

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

* Use of microwave weaponry to torture and impair political opponents recently confirmed by deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

* Pleas for justice, to local police and FBI, go unanswered -- as do demands for a Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation and congressional hearings.

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

JOURNO TO FBI: SEIZE CONTROL OF DHS-RUN FUSION CENTERS
TO STOP SILENT MICROWAVE / LASER ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 5, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The direct cause of the shortage is the fact that private pharmaceutical companies aren't producing the vaccine fast enough. There are actually methods available that would produce more vaccine faster, but it's less profitable, so the private companies choose the slower way.

At the end of the day, they are choosing their bottom line over the health of the American Public. *These* are the people who the GOP ask you to entrust your healthcare to.

Posted by: VTDuffman | November 5, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"shortage" not "storage"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 5, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Fear (and doubt) are powerful political motivators, and ads like this one are hoping to take the concerns people have about H1N1 and port it over to broader concerns about the government taking an even larger role in health care."
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The problem with this post is that it never states that the ad's basic assertion--that BHO is responsible for any vaccine storage--is, as a factual matter, UNTRUE. Not to explicitly call that out in a blog sponsored by the Washington Post is irresponsible.

What's next, features on rightwing racist mythologies like BHO's long form birth certificate or Michelle's whitey tape?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 5, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

shrink -- this column is billed as political commentary, not rightwing regugitation. God knows there's plenty of that around, why can't the f*cking WaPo, of all venues, manage to have a couple of opinion slots that are even-handed?

Hey, when this column started, which I think was about two years ago, he made much more effort to be balanced. Now, he barely ever even quotes a Dem, unless it's one of those who have something critical or negative to say -- about Dems.

When you start deconstructing -- which as a writer, I do for fun -- all kinds of things pop up.

Posted by: drindl | November 5, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree with pragmatist. This is the biggest load of bull crap so far. More proof that these wingers have no principles whatsoever and are willing to flip 180 degrees at a moment's notice.

A FEW MONTHS AGO THEY WERE CLAIMING THAT SWINE FLU WAS A HOAX AND THAT THE US SHOULD NOT BE BUYING ANY VACCINE.

Why don't you try a little reporting, CC, instead of just posting rightwing press releases? Get a little background to give your fluff some perspective.

Posted by: drindl | November 5, 2009 12:07 PM
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Co-sign.

This post is basically an ad for this stupid, ill-informed ad.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 5, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

oh, I see...
the great bandwagon of:
"let's see where the President has broken his promises so far". It already started on CNN.

Do you realize what a mess we were in prior to President Obama's swearing in? Think about that question. Take a look at your 401(k) which began tankin' in 2000.

Then ask, when the mess started and who escalated the entire debacle?

But, of course--within 10 months, President Obama had to part the waters and make eveything hunky dory. While every bow-tie Senator and Congressman under mine him and the administration.

HA! Betcha' $10 bucks that the Joe Six Pack in America hasn't even read the healthcare bill.

But it's Obama's fault.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | November 5, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Pres. Obama staying home to make more vaccines? He and the Mrs. should be inoculating chicken eggs day and night in the WH so that more vaccine is available. What is wrong with him? He can't do anything right. It's all his fault. Get to work Pres. Obama, make those vaccines. The whiners need them.

Posted by: clairevb | November 5, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, can folks stop getting mad at Chris Cillizza for writing a daily political column about the Republican Rising!? It is his job. Other people are assigned to say left leaning things, they spin left leaning messages out of sundry facts in the Opinion section of the "paper".

That said, Chris switching, just once but still it was jarring, to winger vernacular yesterday was perhaps another step, or maybe it was just a typo.

"Compare that to 2008 when conservatives were one in every three voters and roughly one if five -- 18 percent -- voted Democrat [sic] and you see the considerable change..."

If he goes on to Democrap or Libretards we'll know what happened, though we will never know why.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 5, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Adding my own two cents:

Pretty disappointed with the recent uptick in these types of articles CC. I read sites like this two get two sides. I find you increasingly just touting an R agenda. Sorry to see the decline in what was a pretty good spot.

Posted by: prairiepopulist | November 5, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I think cell phone use behind the wheel is more dangerous than not getting a H1N1 flu shot. Just look around on the road. That is risk you are taking every day.

Posted by: dummy4peace | November 5, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

We need a run-down on the statements made by the democrats that abortion would not be in the health care plan


Come on, they throw that in the bill,


AND they don't tell anyone - they wait for someone to read a 2,000 page bill and find it - buried in there somewhere.

You can't trust ANYTHING the democrats have said about the health care plan.

NOW what about their statements on the COST of the health care plan?


They could write a BiPartisan health care plan - it just would not include a MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM WITH UNCERTAIN COSTS THAT ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL.

Obama promised so many times to be post-partisan.

When will the democrats realize that the conduct of the administration is NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTED FOR ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | November 5, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I thought The Fix was supposed to be political news and analysis. Where is the analysis? This just seems to be regurgitated from the conservative ad. Sometimes I agree with CC sometimes not. But there used to be more independent analysis of events. What happened? I can get talking points lots of places I am looking for original thoughts and perspectives on the political happenings and spin. Come on CC you can do much better than this.

Posted by: lmk2057 | November 5, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is the Republican strategy. Just throw sh*t to the wall and see what sticks. FOX, Drudge, Fix, CNN, etc. will all be falling over themselves to talk about what a great strategy this is and how Obama shouldn't even bother running in 2012. But this is just another example of how Republicans can win a news cycle, but are incapable of maintaining a narrative. This is why the Republicans failed in keeping Obama out of the White House, it's why they failed in blocking the stimulus, it's why they are going to fail in preventing health care reform. Death panels are but a distant memory now. This will be too. But let's take a minute to suck conservative cock, ok?

Posted by: DDAWD | November 5, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Ah, here comes the big lie. I think they're the same group who was doing a walking the plank radio ad in the DC area.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 5, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Well Obama did drop the ball on the vaccine - he was handed BILLIONS of dollars to get the job done.


AND what happened?


LONG LINES LONG LINES - SHORTAGES - NOT ENOUGH VACCCINE.

Government run health care - the problem is obvious.

Obama is a disaster.


AND didn't they say that abortion would NOT be covered in the Health Care plan - I seem to remember hearing that pledge time and time again.

The problem is our "transparent" Obama is a LIAR.

LIAR.

YOU LIE Obama.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | November 5, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Andy, mnteng is a virologist, too.

When I read the headline I hoped conservatives had found a way to fight the H1N1 virus. That would have been HUGE.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 5, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

so the GOP is hoping and Praying lots of Americans die of the swine flu?

Posted by: tru-indy | November 5, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? Six months ago there were many experts who said that we shouldn't even try to make a vaccine due to the loss of vaccine doses it would take away from the seasonal flu. The administration just doubled their efforts and tackled both. Mark my words the H1N1 flu will be much less severe here than in many other coutnries around the world who don't have access to the vaccine at all.

Also since when did the growth rates of viral strains become something that any human can control? I'm a virologist and this is just something you have to deal with when you work with viral cultures. There is no way to predict it and without testing the growth rate (which would have delayed the vaccine production by about a month) there was nothing they could have done. Even though that is true, as soon as they realized that the strain they used didn't grow as well they started using a better growing strain and production has drastically increased. IMO, the H1N1 situation will be looked back on as a success a year from now.

Posted by: AndyR3 | November 5, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The H1N1 is no hoax, but its virulence appears to be mild to moderate, it'll end up as an ordinary seasonal flu epidemic. There is a risk it could mutate to something horrible, but that is always true. The serious complication and death rate is, so far, quite ordinary. The banality of most plagues don't produce headlines. Camus wrote a story about that.

But Sebelius is doing a great job. She can not tamp down the hysteria too much, because there are a lot of sick people and some genuine, if rare, risk. She can't go nuts about the vaccine either, there are lots more serious risks the American public face than H1N1, everything from smoking to domestic violence.

But to compare this administration's work in risk management/disaster confrontation to the Republicans is just stupid.

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." –President Bush, on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina

Here is Bush flying over the Katrina zone saying,

"It's totally wiped out. ... It's devastating, it's got to be doubly devastating on the ground."
Aug. 31, 2005

Then there is his mom,

"What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) – this is working very well for them." Barbara Bush, on the hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 5, 2005

"Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?" –House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX), to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005

Posted by: shrink2 | November 5, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Blaming the president for the delivery of H1N1 vaccine? Seriously? I didn't know he was a chemist ... he must have petri dishes laying all over the White House. It's also his fault that the enchillada I had for lunch gave me gas.

Posted by: ChuckFi | November 5, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Here's another important story the feebie press is ignoring. Since all they seem to comprehend is Republican narratives, I will explain it in simple terms:

"Most of the commentary about last night's elections has centered around Republican pickups in the New Jersey and Virginia statehouses. But what's gone largely unnoticed is that the two congressional seats up for grabs last night both went to Democrats, and that will have immediate ramifications for health care reform.

The NY-23 seat abdicated by Republican John McHugh (who resigned to become Secretary of the Army) went to Democrat Bill Owens--the first Democrat to hold the seat in over a century. And the CA-10 seat abdicated by Democrat Ellen Tauscher (who resigned to become Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs) went to Democrat John Garamendi.

That creates some simple arithmetic. Yesterday, Democrats had 256 voting members in the House. By week's end, they'll have 258. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could afford to lose no more than 38 Democratic votes on a landmark health care reform bill. Next week, after Owens and Garamendi are sworn in, she can lose up to 40."

Posted by: drindl | November 5, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The YANKEES WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dem4life1 | November 5, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Margaret, he doesn't even try anymore. 'Journalism schools' must all be run by Jerry Falwell these days.

The free busses full of rubes bought by the insurance industry are piling into the Capitol for their Crazy Michelle Bachman protest against government health care... even while the R party is running these ads calling for more government health care in the form of vaccines.

Irony is, of course, a concept they don't grasp.

Posted by: drindl | November 5, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse


Hey, Cillizza, if you're such a great poltical analyst, why haven't you pointed out the brilliance of the GOP healthcare "bill" (it's acutally an ammendment to the Demcrats healthcare bill).

You could shine a light on the GOP shifting trillion$ in healthcare costs onto the backs of the state governments and giving a nationwide license to steal to the insurance and pharmaceuticial industries.

Of course, that would require that you actually be an ethical human being and a journalism professional, so not much chance of that happening.

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Posted by: DEFJAX | November 5, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

They must get whiplash from flipping their opinions so often, shrink.

And it must really confuse the rubes.' Wait, government vaccines? I thought I wasn't supposed to want government healthcare?'

'I love Medicare, but I hate government healthcare?'

Unfortunately, they are too simple to understand the inherent contradictions.

Posted by: drindl | November 5, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I see the Fix has got his RNC feeding tube firmly up his nose today. They are pumping Fix full of their own own high-calorie fear and panic inducing sludge. It's worked well for the RNC in the past!

I wonder if they can organize Tea Parties with a "Fear H1N1" theme. The face masks would make it a little hard to shout effectively. Of course, if they are really so concerned about H1N1, the GOP can stay home for the winter and wash their hands a lot. Uncle Sam will continue to deliver their unemployment/disability/ social security checks.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 5, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

It must be hard to be Republican.
The vulnerability of this administration is palpable. But the Rs have nothing in their tool box, nothing to deliver besides the magic properties of tax cuts and wars. That is all the Bush administrations were about and the results are manifest.

So the Rs can't find an angle on the Obama administration, just attack, attack and attack. They have the populist anger and their safe harbor for bigots, but Republican promises about less government and more jobs sound just as silly as when Obama intones the same thing.

If Obama's borrowing for health care can inflate one more equity bubble, just one more round of consumer confidence/spending so the deficit driven economic collapse can be postponed until after 2012, he'll be all set.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 5, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree with pragmatist. This is the biggest load of bull crap so far. More proof that these wingers have no principles whatsoever and are willing to flip 180 degrees at a moment's notice.

A FEW MONTHS AGO THEY WERE CLAIMING THAT SWINE FLU WAS A HOAX AND THAT THE US SHOULD NOT BE BUYING ANY VACCINE.

Why don't you try a little reporting, CC, instead of just posting rightwing press releases? Get a little background to give your fluff some perspective.

Posted by: drindl | November 5, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

You've got to be kidding! The problems with the shortage of vaccine are with the companies that make it, not the Administration. This is wretched reporting.

I no longer read Politico and if this continues, I'll have to scratch the Fix off the list of reliable, fair, daily reads. Very disappointing.

Posted by: PoliticalPragmatist | November 5, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

There is no health care overhaul being considered, a massive expansion of the industry is what is being considered and we can't afford it. I'm sorry. We could afford it, but all others things stay the same, we can't, something has to give.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 5, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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