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March 8, 2010

Health Care Update: The Death Panel

White House health care initiative coming on point as Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gives icy stare to health care CEO.

When you combine last week’s clever photo op with Obama’s well fashioned speech in Glenside, PA on Monday, it seems the White House might finally be getting the messaging.

(As recently discovered, shame is a powerful weapon.)

(photo: Brendan Hoffman-Pool/Getty Images. caption: Aetna Chairman, CEO & President Ronald Williams (L) speaks as Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario (2nd-R), Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (3rd-R) and West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline (R) look on as they meet with other insurance company executives at the White House on March 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. The meeting was to discuss the problematic health insurance premium increases and the Obama administration’s desire for the country to have affordable health coverage.)

  • DennisQ

    Obama’s been reluctant to allow himself to be accused of grandstanding, but the Republicans don’t respond to invitations to high-minded dialogue. As it turns out, AM radio and Fox News are an integral part of the Republican attack. So much for fussiness about grandstanding – Obama has to go with what works.
    The president was so in command of the Health Care Summit that it will be a long time before Messrs. Boehner and McConnell et al. participate in a similar symposium. This frees Obama to launch essentially low-brow attacks on them. It’s their own weakness that they rely on sound bites that can be explained on AM radio. They don’t demand respect; and over the course of time it happens that they’re not getting any.
    It’s time for the Republicans to develop conservatism as it used to be known. It’s going to take some effort, including overcoming their own inertia. Given the choice between bread and circuses, Americans want bread. Entertainers like the crowd on Fox News haven’t moved the party ahead. Hey guys . . . do you have any ideas?

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