So I’m up at Spot-on asking if you really wanted to get to universal care and reward your base, what type of political moves would you have to make. In other words, What Would Dubya Do?
Comment back here if you like.
In the last week the Democrats must have gotten sick of being told that they are supposed to be moderates. The New York Times tells them that populism should trump ideology, the nut jobs on the right still think that they are the second coming of Lenin,
and the corporate-friendly Emmanuel faction is already starting the
fight with the Dean "net roots". Which is why I’m on the record as
saying that no radical health-care reform will happen in the balance of
When you look at domestic issues, of course, health care is by
a mile the most important, and the party’s presumptive 2008
presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, has, shall we say, a history in the area.
But realistically all that will happen in the next two years is for
Congress to give the administration the right – but presumably not the
obligation – to directly negotiate with drug companies about Medicare
prescription drug pricing. There’s also the likelihood that Congress
will approve a reduction in the bonus profits currently offered to
private insurance plans by the 2003 Medicare Act. But it’s just as
likely that the drug pricing measure will be vetoed by President Bush,
although the cuts in Medicare private insurer reimbursement will likely
be part of a budget act which the President will probably sign. Continue