Was there really a truce? Or was it more of a ceasefire? More likely, both sides grew tired of the back-and-forth — or realized that they each got want they wanted out of the dust-up.Its clear why FNC loved the controversy — it helped their ratings and allowed them to cover one of their favorite topics: Fox News. But what did the White House get out of it? Many media critics are wrong in saying that the Obama Administration was stupid for going after FNC. Why? Three words: Health care reform.Most pundits seem to agree that Fox News was the clear winner in this media fracas — or perhaps more to the point, that the White House was the loser. Jeff Bercovici wrote at DailyFinance.com that the “Fox News ‘truce’ with the White House is no victory for Obama.” David Carr chastised the White House for “punching down” … David Corn at PoliticsDaily.com cleverly suggested that the “White House shouldn’t play chicken … [Read more...] about The Real Reason For White House Feud With Fox? Health Care Reform.
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I am not suggesting that the biggest policy debate in recent history should have been set to song and presented by talking puppets, but — the media’s contribution to the health care discussion would have been much more useful if it emphasized effective and memorable explanation over political histrionics and diatribe. The problem? One year into the discussion, few Americans can speak to the basic core issues in the current health care bill, despite the fact that these details have been available for months and months. And much of the fault lies with the news shows on which we rely. Stewart, Beck, Olbermann, O’Reilly, Maddow — they have all been great at stoking the political fire, but have any of them taken up the torch of explaining what is actually in the health care reform bill? I speak to many people on a daily basis about health care reform, and I cannot remember a single person telling me about a TV news show that explained the basic of the … [Read more...] about Tell Me How to Get, How to Get to Health Care Reform!
Sen. Roland Burris has had quite a 2009 – going from one time Illinois Attorney General to Rod Blagojevich-appointed U.S. Senator. How do you cap off the whirlwind year? A little health care-themed Christmas poetry on the Senate floor.Burris addressed his Senate colleagues yesterday. “I see no reason why we can’t share good cheer with one another right here in Washington,” he said before announcing he would “share my own version of a classic holiday story with my good friends on both sides of the aisle.”Then he began to recite “Twas The Night Before Christmas” – with a new version based on the health care debate. Gather round, kids, Sen. Burris has a story for you: “It was the night before Christmas, and all through the Senate, the right held up our health care bill, no matter what was in it”And so on. There was rhyming “raucous” and “caucus,” rhyming “public plan” with “Yes We … [Read more...] about This Exists: Sen. Burris Puts The Health Care Debate Into Holiday Poem
Health care reform isn’t exactly about health care reform anymore. TPM commentator Brian Beutler (who has also written for the left-leaning magazine The American Prospect) is quite comfortable with the fact that the Obama administration’s proposed bipartisan health care summit will probably do little to promote the cause of universal health care. In his most recent column, Beutler admits that he harbors no hope whatsoever of seeing the talks work toward any progress on the topic, and yet seems confused that some liberals would have some reservations about the tactic. “A lot of people in Washington, liberals, Democrats, even some pundits–are asking a question: Why is President Obama wasting his time with yet another summit. After all, he tried this a year ago and…well, just look how well that’s paid off.” Not to mention that the Republicans even showing up to this second round of talks is not a certainty. These issues are only problematic, … [Read more...] about TPM: Main Health Care Reform Objective is Now Embarrassing Republicans, Not Health Care Reform
Perhaps it was too early in the morning, or something about being reunited with old pal George Stephanopoulos made him feel open to being emotional, but James Carville looked uncommonly vulnerable today discussing the 2010 midterm elections and health care reform on ABC’s Good Morning America. Joining Stephanopoulos and former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, Carville revived the Sen. Jim DeMint‘s term “Obama’s Waterloo” and admitted to feeling “frightened” and believing some of the hype that “Democrats can’t govern.”Stephanopoulos began the discussion by pointing out that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she is confident that there will be Democratic victories in the November elections in Congress: “I’m glad to hear she’s confident…but the math is pretty daunting.”This is about as positive as Carville sounds throughout the entire discussion regarding his party’s chances. More shocking, however, … [Read more...] about James Carville ‘Frightened’ By Failure Of Health Care Bill, Midterm Elections
On Monday, President Obama raised eyebrows with his assertion that the “unelected” Supreme Court would be wise to not overturn all or part of the Affordable Care Act. While some view the president’s actions as a strong, emboldening warning shot to opponents of the health care reform, others saw it as Obama tilting at windmills. Whatever the president’s strategy in singling out the Court, it is not a strong argument for reelection. If the Supreme Court does find elements of health care reform unconstitutional, the White House could find itself in a surprisingly strong position to take political advantage of that situation. This strategy would, however, require a slight rhetorical shift on the part of the president. The president’s attack on the Supreme Court in advance of their decision on the constitutionality of health care reform has been met with bipartisan criticism. Liberal Washington Post columnist and outspoken supporter of the individual mandate, … [Read more...] about How Obama Can Snatch Victory From The Jaws Of Defeat In Wake Of Health Care Ruling
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney displayed several Henges worth of stones Wednesday night when he told NBC News’ Ron Allen, in an interview, that his Massachusetts health care reform law, the national version of which he has vowed to repeal on day one, is an example of how “empathetic” he is. “I got everybody in my state insured,” Romney said. “100 percent of the kids in our state have health insurance. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.”That’s a bit like bragging about all the money you’ve given to the charity you’re about to sue, or how well you’ve always treated the litter of kittens you’re about to sauté. Minutes after extolling the “empathetic” qualities of his mandated health insurance law, he gave a speech in which he promised to repeal President Obama’s mandated health … [Read more...] about Mitt Romney Brags About The ‘Empathy’ Of His Health Care Reform
A lifetime’s worth of sexist comments and more than two years in the national political spotlight seem to have made President Trump the face of the GOP War on Woman. And as, over the months, traditional Republican lawmakers have been distancing themselves from Trump’s comments on women (think: July this year when he blasted MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski for allegedly having plastic surgery) and general extremism, some seem to think this is helping them distance themselves from sexism.In the summer of 2015 after then-candidate Trump suggested Megyn Kelly had been menstruating simply because she lobbed “difficult” questions at him at the debate, Erick Erickson, then at conservative news outlet Red State, disinvited Trump from a conservative conference that would feature the other Republican presidential candidates.In either case, disavowals of Trump’s sexism and anti-woman persona as a politician from traditional Republican lawmakers ring … [Read more...] about Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill Shows GOP Mainstream is as Anti-Woman as Trump
With polls in Iowa and New Hampshire tightening between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), both candidates are making unwise and shortsighted moves to try and hold onto support in those early states. While Sanders has foolishly torn open the minor gash that is their differences on gun control by refusing to admit a mistake, Hillary has been lobbing some unfair and right-wing-y attacks at Bernie’s universal health care plan.In an interview with George Stephanopoulos this week, Hillary took shots at Bernie Sanders over health care, which is a fair thing to do when you have policy differences, but it was the way she did it that rankles. Instead of making a fair case against single payer, Hillary took her cues from right-wing opponents of universal health care, who scream about the higher taxes without mentioning the zero dollars people will then pay in health insurance premiums:“What Senator Sanders has said, and … [Read more...] about Bernie Slams Hillary for Demagoguing and Misrepresenting His Health Care Plan
Julia Louis-Dreyfus—Veep star, comedic master, and serial Emmy winner (the most for a single role after this year’s win)—just announced that she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer.She put the news out today on Twitter, in the above statement reading, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one. The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”She’s also beloved by plenty of fans and others in Hollywood, some of whom have faced the same illness, and they’ve already been voicing their support:Both Applegate and Wilson are both breast cancer survivors, as well as DeGeneres’ mother, and Kathy Griffin recently lost her sister to cancer.She may have won all those Emmys for playing a morally bereft politician, but … [Read more...] about Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Pushes for Universal Health Care