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That Hopey-Changey Thing is Great!

by ormondotvos Tue Mar 30th, 2010 at 05:21:08 PM EST

I'm noticing a new narrative creeping into the usually cranky cynicism of the typeorati on the political forums lately, and I think it's the direct result of passing the Health Care Reform bill.

Despite being way less than perfect, it is so much better than anything conceivable even a year ago that I think it has given many of us grumpuses pause about our doomster ejaculations. It's been a fairly legitimate procedure to doom along, because we just couldn't see how the corporations could be beat in a frontal assault, but somehow, it seems to have occurred to them that it's time to at least concede a medical safety net for the lower economic classes.

Perhaps, as Europeans living in the midst of socialistic medicine and working conditions (a good thing!) you've become somewhat blasé and less aware of the economic terrorism that the average working American lives under, but it's just as real as worrying about subway bombers. At ANY time, a random auto accident or misstep on the stairs or a ladder, a chance encounter with a coughing TB patient or community MRSA carrier at the gym might destroy your life savings, and leave you bankrupt.

Today, in response to comments by a few brave insurance company representatives that they were not, in their interpretation of the new laws, required to accept children with pre-existing conditions, the White House announced that the insurance companies have backed waaay down, and would, in the words of the President of AHIP (the insurance lobby), "comply with the administration's interpretation of the HCR bill". This is MAJOR change! It is exactly the kind of change the Republicans were afraid of.

Obama's success with the bill has indeed changed the playing field, tipping it way over toward a slide into Medicare We Can Buy Into, the bill currently being pushed by the Wonderboy from Right Wing Florida, Representative Alan Grayson. ( bête noire of the corporations, who seems capable of shaking off congress-speak every time an opportunity to engage in it occurs.)

I suggest you Google him, and read about his fearless forays into telling it like it is. Then compare with Howard Dean's statements just before he was mediassasinated with the "scream" narrative. Grayson is raising money nationwide to keep his seat in a strongly Republican district. He's been named by Sarah Palin as the top target by the RNC this election cycle.

Continue with the NYTimes article in the Well Blogs section about paying for other peoples' bad habits, and plug into it the concept I mention here, that people are going to be more likely to behave less suicidally if they think the future holds hope through change. I think they will. There is a wide media assault on being fat and acting crazy in consumption and behavior. May it long continue.

It's the ultimate political statement to behave rationally.

Even when the media supports Teh Stupid in order to prolong the controversy (thus attracting more eyeballs for the ads) it is STILL educating the average Joe and Jane in what's being said, and I have always thought that given enough information, the human brain will sort out the arguments, USUALLY subconsciously, and vote for the better ones. So having the media "catapult" Teh Stupid will expose it for what it is. We rationalists just need to hang in there and keep making sense, no matter how boring. We needn't dismiss the unaware as evil.

Did HCR tilt the field positive to Single Payer?
. Yes 25%
. Who knows? 25%
. Hopey-Changey RULES! 25%
. Naah, doom marches on... 25%

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I think it's been a mixed bag. Obama is a dramatic improvement over Bush, but then that is setting the bar really low.

The Democrats passed the early 1990s version of the Republican health care reform. The mandate to buy private insurance is a huge gift to corporations.

Obama's Treasury Dept. has done little to reign in the financial mischief and the Democrats are pre-compromising and financial regulation using the foolish hope of getting Republican votes as cover for going soft on their big Wall Street donors.

Obama is slow-walking repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

Obama still advocates the myth of 'clean coal' and is willing to throw money at nuclear power boondoggles. Today, his Interior Dept. announced an expansion of off-shore drilling.

Obama escalated the war in Afghanistan, escalated drone attacks into Pakistan, stuck to the Bush timeline for leaving Iraq, hasn't closed the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and renewed the PATRIOT Act.

Obama's Justice Dept. has decided to whitewash any crimes committed by the Bush administration with torture, renditions, or lying the nation into war.

So while Obama has done much good and is certainly better than McCain or any other Republican would have been, I still think as president, Obama could be better and as a party, the Democrats could govern from the left. Instead Americans have a centrist president and a centrist ruling party, better than right wing but is that a good measure?

by Magnifico on Wed Mar 31st, 2010 at 02:01:11 PM EST
In response, I'd refer to the collaborative site of the Miami Herald and St Petersburg Times, Politifact.com, where they have a list of campaign promises and how they worked out, with details.


I had no idea! I fail to see the use of ONLY talking about what's done wrong, or partially, or compromised.

No hope, no change, eh? (I'm practicing my Canadian...)

Align culture with our nature. Ot else!

by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Wed Mar 31st, 2010 at 06:54:36 PM EST
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Yes, for example Obama promised to escalate the war in Afghanistan. He did. So, chalk one up for the president!

I fail to see the use of ONLY talking about what's done wrong, or partially, or compromised.

I think it adds perspective to the rah-rah! look how great mandated private insurance is, but I guess that isn't "hopey-changey" enough. Yes, the health insurance reform has many positives, but it also has its share of negatives too. It's a mixed bag, just like has been Obama's and the Congressional Democrats' performance.

by Magnifico on Wed Mar 31st, 2010 at 08:14:05 PM EST
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I keep hearing about this "rah rah" cheerleading for Obama, but I have not seen any of it yet. What I see is a whole lot of querulous bitching. Can you give me a link to the rah-rah stuff?
by rootless2 on Wed Mar 31st, 2010 at 09:21:31 PM EST
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You must not be looking in the right places. How about this one from dkos yesterday?  
by Magnifico on Wed Mar 31st, 2010 at 09:43:54 PM EST
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DKOS has been far from rah-rah on insurance reform: for every positive article, there have been critique ranging from mild to hysterical.
by rootless2 on Thu Apr 1st, 2010 at 07:07:59 AM EST
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So you have seen rah-rah stuff. Never mind then.
by Magnifico on Thu Apr 1st, 2010 at 11:35:38 AM EST
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