Why Obama, Dems are trying to rush through healthcare reform

July 15, 2009

Falling poll numbers and rising joblessness = time is not on the Dems side for passing healthcare reform — as liberal blogger Matthew Yglesias just realized:

Obama remains quite popular, but his popularity is shrinking and as best one can tell the culprit is the bad economy. I think this underscores the fact that if Democratic legislative leaders are serious about reforming health care they’ll want to get as much as possible of the work done before leaving on their August recess. The unemployment rate is almost certain to be higher in four or five months than it is today and that’s very likely to weaken Obama’s ability to be an effective advocate.  … If there’s an “Obama plan” on the table in August, a lot of Republican members will be hearing mostly good things about it from their constituents. If it takes until October, they may hear different things.

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1. Healthcare cost is essentially quazi-tax, it takes from disposable income. In an economy, which for the last century is based on broad consumption , the more people have disposable income, the more drowth of economy occurs. I.e. “healthcare” taxation and government run healkthcare is just a way to shift wealth from one social group to another. If this doesn’t succeed, it will be neccessary to increase the taxes to the wealthy anyway, but spend the tax revenue on infrastructure – a way slower and uncertain impact.

2. Swine flu may bring to bancrupcy the majority of hospitals and insurance companies in the coming fall-winter season. Nobody can afford to bail them out, i.e. one can expect possibility of economic slump and social unrest if millions of people get sick and don’t have access to healthcare. Even if the healthcare bill passes quickly in the Congress, it is already late to offset such a dark scenario…Same applyes to Asia and China in particular, it’s going to be fun there…

Posted by Ananke | Report as abusive

They are rushing it cause summer break is coming (like congress deserves a break) and Obama’s ratings are falling. When they get back this fall it’ll be campaign time to keep their jobs and they’re gonna distance themselves from any controversial legislation to get re-elected. Obama knows he’s on the outs with public opinion so he has to ramp up the efforts. People are catching on though and the feds are not going to be able to continue what they’re doing. Firing the feds is sounding like a pretty good thing these days as more and more people wise up every day.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive

“Unemployment almost certain to be higher in four or five months”? Try next month. The question isn’t when we get to 10 percent unemployment, but if. And if this disastrous, wretched bill, with its surchages on “the rich” and small business, we’ll look on 10 percent as the good old days.

Posted by Sidney | Report as abusive

oops, I meant not “if” we get to 10 percent (which the Fed forecast in the minutes of the June 23-24 meeting, just released) but when. Gee, I should work for the administration

Posted by Sidney | Report as abusive

Here are the reasons

OBAMAS RATINGS ARE FALLING,
HIS OWN PARTY VOTED DOWN THE FIRST DRAFT,
RACIST SOTOMAYOR PICK,
BIDEN EVEN STATED ITS NOT GOING TO WORK,
GOVERNMENT MOTORS BAILOUT,
GOVERNMENT BANKS BAILOUT,
STIMULUS IS NOT WORKING,
3 TRILLION IN DEBT

HE WANTS TO SHOW YOU YOU HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE AND TAX YOU!

Posted by Ian | Report as abusive

How exactly this bill will increase my tax, if I don’t make 250k per year? It seems it will only affect 2% of the US population.

Anyway, to fill a deficit one need tax revenue. If 98% of people don’t have money to live, how can somebody expect improving economy and better tax collections? So, it is just simple mathematics – the state needs money and WILL collect it from anybody who has – in this case people who make 250k and above, it is just that simple…

Posted by Ananke | Report as abusive

This is what we voted for?

Posted by Rudy Pons | Report as abusive

rising joblessness = increase awareness of a safety net.

I have lost my job and I’m wondering if I can find a job with health care benefits to replace it. When my employer was paying my $800.00 a month insurance premium it was easy to be in the “keep government off our backs crowd”. But now as an early stage boomer, I’m worried sick that I a might go bankrupt over a unexpected major medical problem or if I will even find a job with benefits. I’m starting to believe that the US will become more like Japan, where most new hires are “temporary” employees which offer no benefits- but at least in Japan everyone if covered for medical.

Posted by DR | Report as abusive

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