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  Remember 1993? When President Clinton co-opted the Republican agenda and so began the era of the 'New Democrats'.  A Democrat who was promoting and passing the Republicans' agenda in free trade, banking, deregulation, and welfare.  No matter what the Republicans did they could not touch Bill Clinton. He always came out on top. The Repubs won control of Congress, President Clinton still beat them.  They played a game of chicken shutting down the government and got squashed like bugs by Bill Clinton.  They tried to invade his personal life and made public to the whole world the seamier side of politics and still Bill Clinton slipped through their fingers. Bill Clinton left office one of the most popular Presidents in history. The Republicans were left scratching their collective heads vowing never again.  Long after Clinton left office, Repubs were still screaming his name in agony.
  So here in 2010, along comes the Democrats and President Barack Obama proposing healthcare reform similar to what the Republicans proposed in the Senate back in 1993 called "Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993", sponsored by no less than 19 Republican Senators. Yep, that's right! President Obama co-opted the Republican healthcare bill from 1993! More below the fold.

 You can check the original bill proposal over at Kaiser Health News here.  There are some differences between the two bills of course, but the main objectives are in both bills.  To create a system of 'managed competition' to help reduce healthcare costs and eliminating discrimination on the basis of health status.  In the video below Timothy Jost in a C-SPAN interview yesterday morning discusses the constitutionality of the newly passed HCR legislation and states chances of successfully challenging the new law. But then, in the Q&A, he makes eye-opening remarks about how the legislation really follows the Republican ideals of free market competition with subsidies and tax incentives and not the Democrat's view of government provided healthcare. No single payer system. No public option.

Below is another video from Washington and Lee University, where a month ago Mr. Jost discussed in less animated posture the overall view of the current legislation and the poor job the media has done to give fair treatment to the context of the bill.

What's really funny, after watching that C-SPAN interview, is that Tim Jost assumed that the Republicans must not have read the HCR bill.  If they had surely they would be in support of the bill.  But instead the Republicans are letting the wackos over at Fox News and on talk radio tell them what's in the bill.

You know what? I don't buy that. The Republicans knew exactly what was in the healthcare bill. They very well knew that it was their own original proposed legislation from 1993.  But they voted against HCR anyway. And they don't care.

They don't care because they would rather run the United States economy into the ground before seeing another Democrat co-opt their political agenda, pass it,  and come out on top. They are dead set against that. Even if they have to run to the extreme fringes of their party, they will not have another 'Bill Clinton' in the White House.

But guess what? They have already lost. Barack Obama is not Bill Clinton. He is better than Bill Clinton.  He is smarter. Craftier. Bolder.  He is a leader.  They will see him coming and there is not a damn thing in the world they can do to stop him. Blinded by their own folly, they are impotent in their rage.  They will not even listen to the intellectuals in their own party.

No where was this more evident than in the Republicans vote on the reconciliation bill which struck the special 'sweetheart deals' from the Senate version.  The Republicans spent months decrying the 'Cornhusker Kickback' and the 'Louisiana Purchase'.  But when it came time to pass legislation to fix that. Not one of them voted for it. Not one.

As has been well-publicized now, Newt Gingrich said that the Democrats would regret passing HCR bill just like when the civil rights legislation was passed in the 60's.  That's right. Republicans are not about doing the right thing. They are definetely not about morality.  They crave power at any cost.  John Dean nailed Newt to the wall on that one.

And this year? The Republicans will not be winning back control of Congress.  This year we will finally took the first step toward real healthcare reform.

Originally posted to NellaSelim on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM PDT.


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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    "To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit." Stephen Hawking (1942- )

    by NellaSelim on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:25:23 AM PDT

    •  A Reason so simple, my 8-year old gets it... (1+ / 0-)
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      We're turning what WAS previously a privilege for the fortunate into a RIGHT for all...and the GOP HATES IT

      It would be like the reaction of the egomaniac driving a Lexus being informed that EVERYONE could now afford a Lexus. Only this time, we're talking about the health and well-being of human beings...including children.

      Fuck their egos...this one was a LONG overdue - and it feels DAMN GOOD :)

  •  Thanks for the insight into the current (2+ / 0-)
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    SlackwareGrrl, NellaSelim

    Rethug mentality as well as the very interesting trip in the way-back-machine to health care reform ala the Party of No.

    Good Diary, thanks.

    If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? Lily Tomlin

    by msmacgyver on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:33:29 AM PDT

  •  The GOP blocked HCR? GOP votes for HCR was 0. It (1+ / 0-)
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    got passed without them. So the fight for HCR was within the Democratic Party (Stupak, Lincoln, etc.)

    Whatever is in HCR or not (Public Option) was entirely up to the Democratic majority in the House, the Senate and the White House.

    The GOP action on HCR was in the final analysis was irrelevant and is a canard.

    Support good reform not a political party blindly.

    by Eposter on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:35:08 AM PDT

    •  You are right, the Repubs did not block... (3+ / 0-)
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      Shahryar, Calamity Jean, Eposter

      the public option or single payer. It was the Blue Dog Dems who did that. But the legislation that was just signed into law is similar to what the Republicans proposed 17 years ago in the Senate.  They supported that back in 1993.  Now they are overwhelmingly rejecting their own healthcare proposal.

      "To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit." Stephen Hawking (1942- )

      by NellaSelim on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:40:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  GOP lawmakers are now irrelevant... (0+ / 0-)

      IMO that the real unspoken reason they are so mad that the HCR bill passed.
      While they are good at coming up with every possible lie to feed their teabaggers and wingnut base, as far as an impact on fixing the problem, they have became totally irrelevant.
      And this was all their own doing.  It was their choice.
      They are now campaigning on total repeal of the HCR legislation, which means bringing back every abuse of the health insurance industry, taking away tax credits for small business, and taking away the ability of parents to leave their kids on their insurance until they are 26, just for starters.  My guess is that their tactics will change after the November elections, especially if their boy, Mittens Romney has to campaign against the same thing he signed into law in Mass.

      •  But that is the essential point... (2+ / 0-)
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        Eddie L, Eposter

        the Republicans lawmakers made themselves irrelevant to the process.  They could have embraced it and influenced the HCR legislation since it followed their own ideals. But instead, they rejected their own Republican roots. David Frum as much told them this.

        "To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit." Stephen Hawking (1942- )

        by NellaSelim on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 11:16:04 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  A reasonable argument (6+ / 0-)

    but I believe it's more sinister than that.
    I agree with you that the Republican would rather run the economy and the American people into the ground than assist a Democratic president, but I don't think they give a damn about the healthcare proposals that some of their members proposed in 1993.
    If they gave a damn, the Republicans would have pushed it themselves during W's reign.
    The current make-up of the GOP is so far to the Right that no reform is their goal. They only work for corporations and God - and in that order.
    I believe the fight for Environmental reforms will be even tougher than healthcare reform.  People like James Imhofe work for Big Oil and at the same time believe that only God can bring the end of times.
    That's a nasty combo.

  •  Another great political trap (2+ / 0-)
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    Tx LIberal, NellaSelim

    One of President Obama's underrated skills is setting political traps for the Republicans.  I can hardly wait to hear the wailing over how they wouldn't vote to get rid of the "Cornhusker Kickback" and "Louisiana Purchase."

  •  Thanks for letting us know they were for it (1+ / 0-)
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    before they were against it. I never knew the republicans have ever tried to change healthcare in the past. Why didn't it pass back then? Were the dems against it back in 1993? This is interesting.

  •  It was so obvious from the beginning (1+ / 0-)
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    that the Rethugs were not going to participate in HCR. Any healthcare plan the Democrats would have come up with the Rethugs would have called it Socialist. That is why the Democrats should have pushed Medicare for all from the start and see the Rethugs attack the expanding of a very popular government program. The Rethugs can't be taken seriously as a political party that can govern. They should be taken seriously as a dangerous mob that can ruin this country.

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