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!
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
Earlier today a Virgina-based federal judge Henry E. Hudson declared that the newly passed Health Care reform law passed by Obama is unconstitutional, though he did not officially halt the measure. As is the case in most judicial decisions, the story is far from over: during today’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert GIbbs averred confidence that the controversial law is in fact constitutional. Meanwhile, the federal judge who made the decision has come under scrutiny over the partial ownership of a GOP consulting firm has brought . First some background. Reporting for CNN, Bill Mears writes:A Virginia federal judge on Monday found a key part of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care reform law unconstitutional, setting the stage for a protracted legal struggle likely to wind up in the Supreme Court.U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson struck down the “individual mandate” requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014. The … [Read more...] about Robert Gibbs On Health Care Ruling: ‘We Are Confident It Is Constitutional’
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
Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on Fox & Friends on Tuesday where he attacked President Barack Obama’s health care law and outlined how problematic it would be to implement the law in his state. “It seems to me like the President measures success by how many people are on food stamp rolls and government-run health care,” said Jindal. “That’s not the American dream.”Co-host Gretchen Carlson asked Jindal to expand on an analogy he advanced earlier when he said that the health care law is like Mardi Gras – good for some states but not for others. Jindal said that the law forces states to expand Medicaid to cover more people, but many Republican governors are now opting not to implement the Affordable Care Act.“I made the case that Republican governors, and certainly I in Louisiana, are going to stand up and say no,” said Jindal. “It’s a bad law. It doesn’t do what the President promised.” He … [Read more...] about Jindal: Obama ‘Measures Success By How Many People Are On Food Stamp Rolls And Gov’t-Run Health Care’
Appearing on Fox News Channel with anchor Bill Hemmer, Mitt Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul attacked a pro-Barack Obama PAC ad which links the GOP presidential candidate to the cancer-related death of a former steelworker’s wife. Saul veered off message, however, when she said that the fired steel worker would have had access to health care if he had lived in Massachusetts where, under Romney’s plan, health care coverage is extended to the uninsured. Hemmer asked Saul about the substance of the ad. She said that while she felt the circumstances which former GST Steel employee Joe Spotic faced were sad, the pro-Obama PAC’s ad was misleading and inaccurate. “I think that President Obama’s attacks have been so low and so despicable on a personal level that they’re backfiring on him,” said Saul. Earlier, Saul said that Spotic and his deceased wife, who passed away from cancer in 2006, would have had access to health care coverage under … [Read more...] about Romney Spox: Steelworker’s Wife Would Have Had Health Care Under Romneycare
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
In the middle of his victory lap after the House passed their health care bill on Thursday, President Donald Trump heaped some unlikely praise upon a health care system from another country.Appearing jointly with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump lauded that nation’s health care system.“I shouldn’t say this to the great gentleman, my friend from Australia, because they have better health care than we do,” Trump said. “We are going to have great health care, very soon.”The wrinkle, of course, is that Australia has publicly funded universal health care.Bernie Sanders, for one, was highly amused by Trump’s unlikely declaration of support for Australia’s health care system. Appearing on MSNBC Thursday, Sanders laughed after watching the footage of Trump speaking to Turnbull.“The President has just said it!” Sanders said. “That’s great! Let’s take a look at the Australian health care system. And … [Read more...] about WATCH: Trump Tells Australia’s Prime Minister ‘You Have Better Health Care Than We Do’