August 18, 2009

A MATTER OF SIMPLE JUSTICE:

Liberals tired of health care compromise (CHARLES BABINGTON and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, 8/19/09, Associated Press)

"It is clear that Republicans have decided 'no health care' is a victory for them," Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, said in an interview. "There is a point at which bipartisanship reaches a limit, and I would say it's reaching that limit."

The growing liberal unhappiness sets a difficult stage for Obama this fall. Political pragmatists want him to keep seeking a middle ground that will attract at least a few Republican lawmakers as well as moderate Democrats who could prove crucial to passage in the House and Senate. Even modest achievements, such as preventing insurers from refusing to cover pre-existing medical conditions, would allow Obama to claim a victory and perhaps try for more later, they say.

Liberal activists say there's no point in the Democrats winning the House, Senate and White House unless they use their clout to enact the major measures that Obama campaigned for — with or without some Republican support.


Here's a question for President Obama's next townhall: why should life insurers be exempt from covering pre-existing conditions? Sure, our grandfather has been dead for 33 years, but why shouldn't they have to sell us a policy on him?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 18, 2009 7:55 PM
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