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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At 11:15 pm last night, the House health care reform bill passed by a vote of 220-215 to elated cheers from the Democrats. There were 39 Democratic “Nay” votes, and one Republican “Yea,” Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La). The Senate still has to pass its version of the bill, but for now, this is a moment of celebration for Democrats and proponents of health care reform.Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim has a detailed description of the scene on the House floor last night, including this bit on reaction to Cao’s defection:After several minutes, Cao cast a yes vote from his seat, making the bill bipartisan. Reps. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.) waded into the Republican side of the aisle to get to Cao, rub his shoulders and slap him on the back.Cantor stormed out as the Democrats applauded their defector.The House bill includes a strong public health insurance option, a measure with overwhelming public support, but one which is likely to be … [Read more...] about Saturday Night Special: House Passes Health Care Reform With One GOP Vote
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!
What one Special Comment giveth, the other taketh away: two months after devoting an episode-long Special Comment to the urgent need for health reform, Olbermann announced last night that he had given up on the health reform bill as it had evolved, calling it a scheme for “medical mobster protection money.”Olbermann even made the (just a bit melodramatic) claim that he would go to jail rather than buying whatever government health insurance emerged from the “hollow shell of a bill:”In a Daily Kos piece he released yesterday afternoon as a teaser for the Special Comment, Olbermann described the bill currently in consideration — and the leadership pushing it — as such (h/t Raw Story): “Seeking the least common denominator, Sen. Reid has found it, especially the “least” part. This is not health, this is not care, this is certainly not reform.”But this was only a warmup for what was to come on the show: (transcript via … [Read more...] about Olbermann Threatens To Serve Jail Time Over Health Care Reform
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
George W. Bush was his wife and daughters. Recently former First Lady Laura Bush made some headlines after declaring her support for Elena Kagan, President Obama’s choice for SCOTUS. And now their daughter Barbara — normally the quieter of the twins — has gone on record supporting health care reform. Why do people with money have good health care and people with lower salaries not have good health care? Health should be a right for everyone. Bush is the founder and president of Global Health Corps, an organization which promotes global health equity in the U.S. and abroad and before you think she is on a Obama taking points mission she apparently got inspired to get in this line of work after traveling in Africa with her parents. However, when pressed by Chris Wallace on what she thinks of Obama’s health care she (very smoothly) conceded she was glad that it had passed. Alas, the Bush juniors have no plans to get into politics. Watch below. Have a tip … [Read more...] about President Bush’s Daughter Barbara “Glad” Health Care Reform Passed
On his show today, Chris Matthews asked his panelists to name President Obama’s biggest mistake in office. Howard Fineman, Editorial Director at the Huffington Post, suggested it was none other than the controversial health care reform bill pushed through the Congress last year.The other panelists had less surprising offers: focusing on Afghanistan as a war of necessity and not closing down the prison at Guantanamo Bay were two of the ideas thrown out there. But Fineman and fellow panelist David Ignatius agreed that the president’s focus on health care reform was the biggest mistake of his presidency.Fineman’s take: His decision to spend all of his political capital and a year-and-a-half of his time on the health care reform law, I think, was his biggest political mistake.Ignatius echoed Fineman’s sentiments, also pointing out that President Obama did not have that much political capital on health care reform to begin with. The idea of watching a major change … [Read more...] about HuffPo’s Howard Fineman On Obama’s Biggest Mistake: Health Care Reform
“I’m the guy who was able to get health care for all of the women and men in my state,” Mitt Romney told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Dismissing the notion that he has a problem appealing to women voters, Romney touted his health care plan in Massachusetts.“With regards to women’s health care, look, I’m the guy who was able to get health care for all of the women and men in my state,” Romney said. Contrasting his plan with the Obama administration’s national health care plan, Romney said, “We actually did something and did it without cutting Medicare and without raising taxes.”Again charging the president with cutting Medicare to fund his own health reform, Romney said, “I’m very proud of what we did and the fact that we helped women and men and children in our state, and we did it without cutting Medicare, which obviously affects a lot of women.”The Romney campaign’s mentions of Romney’s … [Read more...] about Mitt Romney: ‘I’m Very Proud Of’ My Health Care Reform In Massachusetts
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
Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that it is clear from the results of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation that the law will not work as written. He said that it is past time for a bipartisan group of legislators to scrap President Barack Obama’s achievement and to “start over” on health care reform.“Do the American people even want Obamacare anymore?” Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked. She asked Cruz what he believed is the GOP’s “strategy” for dealing with the ACA after its implementation has begun.“The problem is it’s falling apart but as it’s falling apart millions of Americans are hurting,” Cruz replied.“Congress needs to step in,” he continued. “We need to show real leadership and fix the problem that Congress created. We need to stop Obamacare.”“You mean stop it or fix it? Is it fixable?” Brian Kilmeade asked. “I don’t think it’s fixable,” Cruz replied. … [Read more...] about On Fox, Ted Cruz Calls for Bipartisan Coalition to ‘Start Over’ On Health Care Reform