President Obama missed an opportunity last night during he address to the Joint Session of Congress. Not just an everyday opportunity, but an absolutely slam-dunk opportunity to prove to all of America that he acts on his promises.
When Republicans were waving copies of their healthcare proposals in the air, he should have stopped his speech, pointed at one of them and asked the congressman to bring it up and give it to him. Or, he could have sent someone to fetch it. In either case he would have been seen literally asking for the plan. If it had turned out to be a prop he could have exposed it right there. If it was an actual plan he could have promised to read it and incorporate any good ideas.
He blew his chance because the thought of reading proposals from Republicans never occurred to him. He’s not really interested in what Republicans or Conservatives have to say. He’s not really interested in the specifics of a healthcare bill. He is only interested in passing something identified as healthcare reform with his name on it. That’s it.
He has gotten himself to a critical juncture in his career and is now scrambling to have any credibility at all. He has hyped this issue to the max and cannot let it go away – if it does, so does his presidency. So his only solution is to get something called Healthcare Reform passed by an increasingly contentious and polarized congress. They could label a McDonald’s menu as The Healthcare Reform Bill and as long as it is called Healthcare Reform he will be happy. He can spout all he wants to about what he’ll sign or not, but my money is on his signature no matter what is contained in the bill.
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