Friday, March 6, 2009

Obama on Health Care Reform: "Every Voice Has to Be Heard"

Perhaps responding to criticism that some voices have been omitted from debates regarding health care, President Obama has strongly stated that the reform process must include input from all sides of the issue, except from those who prefer no reform at all:
Still, the unanimity on the urgency to act underscored how the political environment has become more favorable to revamping the thorny system since President Bill Clinton's attempt failed in the 1990s under intense resistance from drug makers, insurance companies and others. All those interest groups were on hand Thursday, and Obama intended his daylong Washington session and a series of meetings to follow around the country to signal that his push for universal health care coverage will be more open and inclusive than Clinton's.

"Every voice has to be heard. Every idea must be considered. . .The status quo is the one option that is not on the table," Obama said during the White House forum on what he calls the greatest threat to the U.S. economy — rising health care costs. Mindful of the demise of the Clinton plan, Obama warned, "Those who seek to block any reform at all, any reform at any cost, will not prevail this time around."
I suspect that Obama is responding to progressive criticism. If so, thank you.

8 comments:

dualdiagnosis said...

"Every voice has to be heard. Every idea must be considered. . .

Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, the porkulus bill. He went through the motions of reaching across for ideas, in the end it was just for show.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

DD - certainly I considered the possibility of this being a show, but it's still important. If certain voices are excluded, then we won't get a full record of the debate - and all ideas won't get the scrutiny they warrant. If the public sees or hears all sides and Obama takes a certain path, then we will have a better opportunity to access his choice.

Stray Yellar Dawg? said...

An important move, if he carries through with it.

One of the major criticisms of Hillary's attempt at health reform (while Bill was in office) was that there was too much secrecy. If I am not mistaken, Obama and his supporters used the fact against her during the primaries. So, you can imagine my surprise when I heard (via the NYT) about closed door, back room meetings... in the Senate.

I linked that NYT article to my blog here:

http://syd4.blogspot.com/2009/03/is-sebelius-merely-cover-for-whats.html

It is a concern, also, that the Sec'y of HHS is not privvy to the proceedings. If that is the case, as is indicated ..... something does not quite smell right.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Stray - earlier this week, we discussed the issue of Ted Kennedy hosting secret meetings in the Senate since October. He's the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health Care. So I am with you on being skeptical, but I am also going to wait for the progressive watchdogs to react. We still have to get some data. You know I'll be ready to pounce on the issue once we get more information.

Anonymous said...

Holy Straw-man Batman.

I wonder if those opposing any and all reforms are the same people who wanted to do nothing in respect to the current economic crisis.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Anonymous: maybe, just maybe....

FLRN said...
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FLRN said...

I am waiting for at least two maybe three more voices and they need to be there now - no one person will have the answer so I applaud his statement and will give him the respect and the time to demonstrate his words through action.

Obama found his FEMA leader in Florida (strong work and a shout to the home team). Perhaps he should look for his medical professionals there or in California were health care has reached past the tipping point??????

March 7, 2009 8:51 AM

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