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  •  Um, WHAT wins? (4+ / 0-)

    His biggest "win" was a health care bill written by an insurance company executive and which draws on conservative Republican ideas -- and as a result is so unpopular it helped sink the Democrats this year, as polling showed well before the bill (minus its most popular part, a public option) was passed.

    As for the "but the voters are upset about the economy, not health care!" argument:  If Obama had pushed to use reconciliation to pass a $2T stimulus package -- you know, the one the economists kept telling him in late 2008 and early 2009 would be the only thing big enough to act fast enough to pull us out of the ditch completely in time for 2010? -- instead of having his media and Capitol Hill surrogates pretend that reconciliation couldn't work on anything until Scott Brown forced him to admit otherwise to get his insurance-company-written health care bill passed, both Obama and the Democrats would be sitting pretty right now.

    But noooooo:  Before Scott Brown forced the issue, anyone who dared remind folks that reconciliation -- which Bush and the Republicans used quite often to pass bills -- was an option was repeatedly mocked and shouted down.

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    by Phoenix Woman on Mon Nov 15, 2010 at 09:34:31 AM PST

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    •  Enough of the PO mythmaking already... (0+ / 0-)

      Of course the PO was popular -- call something an "option" and it instantly becomes something for other people, and only the ideologically driven would oppose it.

      To the best of my knowledge, none of the PO polls bothered to even give lip service to the CBO analysis which said point blank that the premiums would be higher and the coverage on the lower end of the scale... to say nothing of others studies -- KFF, if memory serves, did one -- that all but said the PO as it was laid out in the House bill would essentially become an adverse selection pool.

      I guess everyone's got their own blog now.

      by zonk on Mon Nov 15, 2010 at 09:50:11 AM PST

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