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American Extremists: "Anti-matter"

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Submitted by Anne on

So many of us were screaming policy, and all anyone seemed to want to talk about was, "how to get a bill passed." How to get Obama a win. Reconciliation, deem and pass. The mechanics. The rules.

Policy was the afterthought. The thing they didn't really want people to look too carefully at. Back room deals? Don't listen to that! Pay attention only to the buzzwords! 32 million with insurance who didn't have it before - oh, praise Jesus! Insurance! We are saved...oh, thankyouthankyouthankyou.

Obama's all about the process - it's what's driving the policy, and as long as it's upside-down like this, we will keep getting crap, and crapped on. All this back and forth and change of positions and Republican good ideas, and today he makes noise on one side of the issue, tomorrow it sounds different? It's Obama looking for the sweet spot, the place where all the votes he needs are locked and loaded and he gets the win. He doesn't give a damn about the policy - and the easily bamboozled Congress is just eating it up with a spoon. They are so far off the scent of real policy that could make a difference it isn't even remotely amusing.

Sorry for the early-morning rant; I think I am easily irritated these days - am sick of process wins in service of ego.

And I think there is a lot more where that came from - both process wins and my irritation.

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Submitted by vastleft on

I'd say that a lot of voters are bamboozled, but Congress has no such plausible deniability, IMHO.

However much they perhaps rationalize what they do, they have agency in this. And they demonstrably don't care all that much about good (for average citizens) policy.

Submitted by Anne on

"Complicit" would be a better way to describe them.

I guess I was thinking "bamboozled" in the sense that they were being led around by the nose, with Obama and Rahm pulling the strings behind the scenes. No pushback to speak of, no one called Obama out for abandoning his once-pro-single-payer views, although the House put up a better fight on some elements, for longer, before folding like a cheap lawn chair. As is their pattern.

I'm now looking at the financial reform process, and seeing the same kinds of things we saw with health reform: lip service they can run for re-election on, but which will do little to rein in the industry.

So, yes - good policy that serves the people well is not the priority.

Submitted by jawbone on

is campaigning on saving the health insurance companies.

He thinks that's a winner?

No thank you, dude.

From InsightAnalytical-GRL's post on Rep. Martin Heinrich's, this quote from his recent op-ed:

What’s more, our unique system of private insurance has been preserved. This reform will create a health insurance exchange of private insurance plans with comparable benefits so consumers can compare prices and benefits to find the plan that works best for them, their family, or their business.

Okaaay, then.