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As The Bus Wheel Turns: Public Option Under The Bus August 17, 2009


While confined to the service garage for several months, the Obama “hopenchange” bus got an oil change and a new set of tires. Things can get kind of messy under there with all that road kill sticking to the tread.  For a guilty Republican pleasure, I find it plausible to find a certain satisfaction during the Obama bus kill tours.  From my perspective, I love it when some raving Obamabot gets rear ended or side swiped by the man they elected.  Usually when we think of Obama bus road kill, human beings come to mind. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Judas – Bill Richardson, John Kerry, Caroline Kennedy, his maternal grandmother “Toot” (but she gets resurrected whenever Obama finds it convenient to use her as part of a sympathy ploy.)

This is the same woman that Obama called a “typical white person’ during a 2008 interview.

Obama uses familial anecdotes copiously whenever it suits him, after he is done the road kill gets thrown back under the bus for later use.

Thus far, we have only seen people go under the Obama bus however, now the White House has extended the invitation to policies and provisions in the health care bill.

Death Panels

Death Panels

Wall Street

The Public Option Goes Over

The big fight over ObamaCare is far from finished.

AUGUST 17, 2009

So it looks as if the public option has been sent to the death panel—so to speak. Over the weekend President Obama and other White House officials throttled back their demands for a new health-care entitlement program that looked like Medicare for the middle class. Liberals are in a furor and more than a few conservatives are popping champagne corks. But dumping one of the most radical and destructive features of ObamaCare is best viewed as a tactical political retreat, not a surrender.

The Administration had to toss something overboard, considering the rising swell of voter opposition and the fact that many Democrats are getting queasy in the current health-care squall, especially in the Senate. Jettisoning the public option is supposed to quiet the public’s main worry about government control of medical decision-making—not to mention neutralizing the insurance industry’s main objection. The issue now is whether Mr. Obama’s fall-back is merely to pass the public option on the installment plan.

To pose the question is to answer it. “All I’m saying is, though, that the public option, whether we have it or we don’t have it, is not the entirety of health-care reform,” Mr. Obama said Saturday in Colorado. “This is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it.”

Yet the public option wasn’t some afterthought, or merely the obsession of Congress’s leftward fringe. A new government-run program would crowd out private insurers by undercutting them on consumer prices, courtesy of an intravenous drip of taxpayer dollars and its monopsony power to force doctors and hospitals to accept sub-market rates. As millions of people gravitated toward “free” coverage, the public option would also vastly expand federal management of the practice of medicine, shaping the treatments and care patients can receive to save on costs.

Some liberals were honest, or used to be honest, about where all this would lead. Barney Frank noted the main reason Democrats were not backing a total government takeover: “We don’t have the votes for it. I wish we did. I think if we had a good public option it would lead to single payer.” Then there’s Mr. Obama’s now famous 2003 remarks: “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health-care program. . . . But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.”

I hear that liberal moonbat Cindy Sheehan is furious with President Obama over the possible dumping of the public option in Obamacare, among other issues such as Obama’s continuenace of the Bush war policies.

Sorry "W" looks like the Obama Bus got to her first.

Sorry "W" looks like the Obama Bus got to her first.

Washington Examiner

Cindy Sheehan heads to the Vineyard; wants anti-war demonstrators to emulate health-care protesters; will anyone cover the story?

By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent

This morning the anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan — the woman who spent so much time leading well-publicized protests outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas — announced that she will demonstrate next week at Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama will be vacationing…Will Sheehan’s stay in Massachusetts attract as much attention as her time in Texas?  Probably not.  Even the left wing of the Democratic party seems unconcerned with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan these days, compared to their bitter opposition during Bush’s time in office.  It seems unlikely that reporters who paid so much attention to one woman’s crusade against the war will find much time on their newscasts or space in their paper to cover this one.

Excuse me while I laugh hysterically. The Obamacare emergency room is filled with victims of the bus. Better bring the latest issue of Ms. magazine, they may have a long wait to see the hopenchange doctor.

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