The Pardu

Obama Aologizes, Clinton Leverages His Notariety And The ACA Suffers

In ACA, Bill Clinton, Boehner, Healthcare reform, MSNBC, President Obama on November 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM


Healthcare reform is taking “in-coming” fire and whether you like my choice of phraseology, the “fire” evolves around a “gotcha”  resulting from President Obama ‘s comments.

CNN
http://www.cnn.com/video/.….


Now, to add fuel to the fire, Bill Clinton sat for an interview, answered questions regarding the ACA and Obama’s “If you like your plans, you can keep your plans” comments and will be quoted for life for the following.     

http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word….. 

   

Clinton’s remarks will become fodder for sound bites, political advertisement clips and smudge against his wife as she moves towards the nomination in 2016. You may have noticed the specific and very abbreviated length of the CNN clip above. We have posted the full clip below. There is much more to the interview than the clip CNN and Fox News will run for weeks to come.  

If you watched the clip above, for perspective, you must watch the following clip also.


President Obama acknowledged misstatements made during run-up to the 2010 ACA vote. He has actually made the same statement well after 2010 as he finds himself forced to campaign for a law that is already on the federal register; campaigning due to severe and unrelenting obstruction from the Right (including libertarians). Bill Clinton said nothing beyond the president’s previous signaling that he has ordered his team to explore relief based on his comments. Yet, Clinton has a way of saying things in a grandiose and self-serving manner. Why not comment while echoing or feeding off Obama’s remarks about exploration? There are times when party (and the long-term good) takes precedent over the significance of what one thinks. In other words, Clinton could have phrased his ending remarks much more in-line with comments already stated by  Obama. 

Two points stand very clearly for me. I do not feel enamored by President Obama’s apologize for his noble and frankly humane efforts to provide health coverage for millions who are not covered, and millions with deficient coverage while living on a hope. He chose to apologize, so be it, but he should also have been very direct about insurance company acumen in manipulating the consuming public. The president’s MSNBC interview would have been much more palatable had the he spoken frankly about insurance company loopholes. Big Insurance pays millions in compensation and fees for legal analyses, and strategy to skirt, or leverage, law to its advantage. All corporations do same; no real revelation.  Since, the 2010 signing of the “ACA, insurance companies have accomplished what they do best develop: ways to produce gargantuan levels of revenue will minimizing their claims exposure. We posit healthcare reform is being placed at risk via a misstatement, Kochism, and insurance corporatism. 

Last night Chris Hayes, ALL IN, MSNBC addressed the issue as thoroughly as I have seen over the past two weeks. The following clip is a bit long, but as if often the case relevant information, relevance is sprinkled throughout the clip. (As I have previously stated, our ability to extract relevant excerpt from MSNBC clips has fallen victim to the new MSNBC website video tools that no longer includes sub-clip extractions).

Ultimately, the ACA is under attack and at the end-of-it-all, people suffer. People suffer while plutocrats, many conservatives and libertarians derived satisfaction from winning a political battle.

Here is the clip…..give it a run and see what you think.


As posted in the video segments above, Bill Clinton says, “.…let them keep what they’ve got.”  If you think for one second President Obama’s (uninformed) misspeak is not a program (ACA) killer yet the GOP is using his remarks to do kill the ACA. Read what Boehner said late yesterday.    

The Weekly Standard….

“I applaud President Clinton for joining the bipartisan call for President Obama to keep his promise to the American people,” said Boehner in his statement. These comments signify a growing recognition that Americans were misled when they were promised that they could keep their coverage under President Obama’s health care law. The entire health care law is a train wreck that needs to go. And while the two parties may disagree on that point, it shouldn’t stop reasonable Democrats from working with us to shield Americans from its most egregious consequences – like the millions of current health plans being canceled.” (highlight via The Pardu)

Clinton’s comments were not and are not being quoted as four minute comment ending in his opinion as stated above. He has given the GOP opportunity to ‘blanket slam” the ACa (humane law) within the construct of their mantra and sloganeering:  “Train wreck”  “reasonable Democrats” working with us” “egregious consequences.”

Train wreck reasonable Democrats”  working with us” “egregious consequences”

Comparable to what? 
No reform! 

Ah, after five years 
the GOP is in a position
to use the word 

“reasonable?” It does 
not fit well.

Translated, “Give us 
what we and the
Koch brothers want.” 


Medical and Dental coverage for 50 million people who currently have no coverage should warrant serious two party exploration with doable outcome. “Egregious Consequences” is political mantra and nefarious use of 3 to 4 million people to deprive over ten times as many.


It will be interesting to see how often Boehner applauds Bill Clinton as we approach the 2016 General Elections. You will see nor hear any such applause. The GOP has opposed every program, appointment initiative President Obama has worked to accomplish. Opposition and subterfuge started well before he was inaugurated; it was validated via the 17 member secret GOP meeting the evening of the inauguration. The party has since adhered to “one-term” strategy at the expense of all proposals and initiatives, and they have labelled health care reform, “his Waterloo.” How can the rational person view Boehner’s response to the Clinton’s “sound-bite” without consideration of GOP commitment to destroying both the president’s signature legislation (politically) and derailing health care/insurance reform (a lobbyist dream)? I have read comment from a member of the GOP about a desire to postpone the ACA until after the 2014 mid-term elections. Their hope is to use their gerrymandered districts (safe havens) and their strategy to win additional seats in the Senate. It is clear the conservative members of Congress wish to legislate out of the ACA and return millions to Big Insurance revenue. Yet, the GOP is not alone.

We now see democrats joining in support of legislation to force a reversal of the ACA regarding, “….let them have what they got.” (according to Clinton).  Some Democrats in the House have gone on record in support of “Let then have what they got“: John Barrow (D) GA and Mary Landeau (D) LA. We are certain their will be more, especially from Red States. It is ironic, more Democrat crossover has come from states with the highest level of impoverished and uninsured.   

The 26 Republican-dominated states not participating in an expansion of Medicaid are home 
to a disproportionate share of the nation’s poorest uninsured residents. Eight million will be 
stranded without insurance. Related Article »
Map
All States
8.0%
poor and uninsured
Not Expanding Medicaid
9.1%
poor and uninsured
Expanding Medicaid
6.8%
poor and uninsured
SHARE OF ELIGIBLE ADULTS WHO ARE POOR AND UNINSURED
MAP STYLE
Colored by share
Sized by number
Adults ages 19 to 64, excluding residents of institutions and ineligible immigrants
POOR AND UNINSURED PEOPLE IN STATES THAT ARE . . .
30
70
Asians
58
42
All races
49
51
Hispanics
60
40
Whites
32%
68%
Blacks
NOT EXPANDING
EXPANDING
More than half of the nation’s poor and uninsured live in states that are not participating in the expansion of Medicaid, and the share among blacks is even higher.
How Different Groups Are Affected
Many workers who are poor and uninsured have jobs in the service industry.
19%
17%
11%
10%
16%
15%
13%
18%
8%
18%
715,000
520,000
420,000
404,000
378,000
355,000
327,000
315,000
308,000
273,000
3,823,000
3,051,000
3,811,000
3,858,000
2,307,000
2,336,000
2,570,000
1,733,000
3,862,000
1,447,000
Cashiers
Cooks
Nursing aides, orderlies, attendants
Retail sales clerks
Waiters and waitresses
Laborers (outside construction)
Janitors
Construction laborers
Truck, delivery, and tractor drivers
Housekeepers, maids, butlers, stewards
Percent of total
Number poor
and uninsured
Total jobs
in U.S.
The Most Common Occupations Nationally

A closing thought. 

I always knew Bill Clinton as the Secretary of Explaining Stuff, would initiate a trip-wire.

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