How in the HELL can the White House not know or understand that the insurance companies, lobbyists and GOP would mount pressure against ANY CHANGE in this country's health care?
After reading this Washington Post article, my only thought somebody or bodies needs to be fired. Truly.
I have to start in the Oval Office, President Obama. He of all people KNOWS and have talked REPEATEDLY that change would be hard, the status quo would resist, that they will say anything or LIE, etc. But then we witness this White House on turtle motion while chaos, misinformation, planted operatives in town hall meetings, continued GOP talking points, death panels, etc., continue to dominate the media and headlines across this country. So, no one should be shocked or surprised that the public actually believe that the health care bill will cover illegal aliens, pay for abortions, the public option is a government take over and it will pull the plug on grandma or "death panels". These misconceptions are killing the White House and the Democrats, how it took so long to finally figure this out is unbelieveable.
Then the constant mis-message of this White House, its surrogates and the Democrats in congress does not help anything either. Message is about cohesiveness, speaking as one, not the muddled crap that we have had to listen to and scratch our heads with the WTF look over the past few weeks. One thing is this, Barack Obama is the head of the Democratic Party, no dispute, so as head he needs to get these folks in LINE.
The GOP or Republicans were never your friend, Obama White House. I will give Obama credit for this, he tried to broker a consensus with the Republicans and got very little or nothing in return. In Obama's trying, the public will remember and as things go down the road, the public will be reminded that the Obama White House tried but it was the Republicans that refused to participate, it was the Republicans that said NO to everything all for political points.
The Obama White House and their shock and awe on the public option tells me one thing, they do not have their hands on the pulse of what is going on out here. That sitting in that bubble, got them what has played out thus far. The left is not going to sit back and say it is cool not to have a public option, not when Barack Obama has campaigned and repeatedly said, "this will keep the insurance companies honest." No, we are not sitting back and listening to any vague White House noise, we want that public option, we want what CONGRESS and the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES have a CHOICE.
Administration officials insisted that they have not shied away from their support for a public option to compete with private insurance companies, an idea they said Obama still prefers to see in a final bill.
But at a time when the president had hoped to be selling middle-class voters on how insurance reforms would benefit them, the White House instead finds itself mired in a Democratic Party feud over an issue it never intended to spotlight.
"I don't understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their Waterloo," said a senior White House adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "We've gotten to this point where health care on the left is determined by the breadth of the public option. I don't understand how that has become the measure of whether what we achieve is health-care reform."
"It's a mystifying thing," he added. "We're forgetting why we are in this."
Another top aide expressed chagrin that a single element in the president's sprawling health-care initiative has become a litmus test for whether the administration is serious about the issue.
"It took on a life of its own," he said.
Yes, it took a life of its own. There are too many people out here Obama White House that are depending on you and the Democrats to deliver. We voted for you, worked our asses off for you, dealt with a bunch of crap the past two years, so you should not be surprised or shocked that we are a hardened bunch. We are not playing around here, we want that public option, period. Along with it we want that pre-existing clause to be yanked and removed from all insurances companies language in this country, we want fair and affordable premiums, we want our doctors LISTENED to and not a damn bean counter telling our doctor what treatment WE NEED, we want all of this and Obama White House and D.C. Democrats you better deliver it because you said YOU WOULD.
And after all this playing out for us to see, how the White House did not understand all of this, yes, dammit somebody needs to be fired for this mismanagement of the MESSAGE.