Need National Unsubscribe Movement from Obama's OFA to Protest his Healthcare Flip-Flop
by TarHeel, Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 12:02:19 PM EDT
I can't tell you how disappointed I am from a policy standpoint, a political standpoint, and a personal standpoint on Obama's decision to Sista Souljah his only dependable supporters. The best the whitehouse can possibly hope for is Sista Souljah, the worst is political suicide.
What really pissed me off is that the whitehouse never rebuts any stupid Dems like the blue dogs or blanch lincoln today who claim they can't support a public option because it costs too much. In fact according the to CBO the public option in the House cuts costs to taxpayers by 15%.
I am officially a supporter no more. I unsubscribed from whitehouse.gov a couple weeks ago and today unsubscribed from OFA.
I left a note explaining exactly why (in the unsubscribe box) and also called my states field director. She said the state field directors do get to talk to the whitehouse and she appreciated my call. I'd urge you to unsubscribe and call your state field director's phone number. I found mine's by google...
Rather than re-hashing all the ways that this stinks, I will post prominent bloggers thoughts on this and remind everyone that Obama campaigned for a "public plan" and against "mandates". Now we are getting the worst of both..
The problem with triangulation
by Jed Lewison
The thing they need to be careful of is that when you triangulate, you don't want to do it with the least popular position of all -- individual mandates without a serious cost-control mechanism. And you especially don't want to do it when that position is the exact opposite -- on both counts -- of your position during a campaign that you won by a wide margin.
The Obama administration is sending out its strongest signs yet that it's willing to scrap a public option in order to move a health care bill forward. White House adviser David Axelrod tells ABC News that what remains of Obama's desire for a public option is largely theoretical. "The spirit that led him to support a public option is still very much at play here and so you know he wants competition. He wants choice."
Here's an important point that the field director had no answer for...
The White House is making the calculation that the hit they suffer when they drop the public plan is only with the "far left," that they can survive that and actually use it to their advantage by triangulating against "the blogs."
It's just a guess, but when average Americans understand that "health care reform" means they will be forced to pay Blue Cross more money than they do now for worse insurance or be fined 2.5% of their income, I have a feeling it's not just going to be a couple of radical lefties who are pissed off about what amounts to an increase in middle class taxes. Unfortunately, since all the liberal interest groups ceded the bank bailout debate to the teabaggers and there was no pushback against the White House's decision to coddle AIG, the right owns that particular real estate and will be well poised to make the most of it.