Quotes from the Health Care Reform Chaos

It is August and, well, its August, so here are a few quotes from the health care reform chaos, click on the last name of the author (in bold below) to read the whole article.


He underwent diagnostic tests using the latest, most advanced imaging technology available in the world. He was treated at some of the most elite medical centers in the country. He received the latest therapies and accessed the most innovative medical care in the world. When he sought out the best doctors, when he needed access to the latest diagnostic tests, the most sophisticated surgical techniques, the most innovative medical therapies, Kennedy enjoyed the best care available anywhere in the world–right here in the U.S.


With the political prognosis for health care reform turning from poor to likely terminal, many of my fellow Democrats are grieving through grievance. They’re lashing out at friends and foes alike, blaming everyone….Everyone, that is, except themselves, the people who controlled Congress, set the agenda, wrote the legislation and developed the strategy for pushing it.


Obamacare Version 1.0 is dead….You don’t need a Ph.D. to see that the promise to expand coverage and reduce costs is a crude deception, or that cutting $500 billion from Medicare without affecting care is a fiction.


Barring a major public groundswell or miraculous reversal in Congress, Barack Obama’s healthcare reform package will not include the provision that matters most to the Democratic base, the so-called public option….Earlier this week, during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Sen. Kent Conrad said flatly that there “was never enough support” in his chamber for the public option.


Dr. Melvin Gerald, also from North Carolina, knows firsthand how patients stop caring about costs when someone else pays. “The patients who have insurance … some of them tell you, ‘Do this, do that,’ and some of the things they don’t need to have done,” he says. But because insurance pays, they don’t care.


Amid all the controversies over medical care, no one seems to be asking a very basic question: Why does it take more than 1,000 pages of legislation to insure people who lack medical insurance?


In his most recent weekly radio address, President Barack Obama denounced “willful misrepresentations and outright distortions” in the debate over health care reform. He then went on to repeat one of the most outright distortions in the entire debate: “If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan. Period.” No, Mr. President. No you can’t.


Not only did Obama’s overbearing pride cause him to grossly underestimate how savvy seniors and the entire American electorate is when it comes to health care, it also allowed him to overestimate his own understanding of the issue – particularly from a purely political standpoint.