On January 29, 2009 Baltimore was the site of the post Massachusetts vote obligatory photo opportunity for President Obama to meet with the House Republicans. The questions were pointed and the responses mostly combative and steeped in the ideological agenda of President Obama.
Watching the Q&A it became obvious rather quickly that the Republicans are holding to the conservative principles of less government intervention is better. President Obama’s goal – as stated earlier in the day by David Axelrod – was to show that Republicans are simply obstructionists. The tone of the conversation was exactly as stated by Axelrod.
Republican programs worthy of note:
1 – Tort reform specifically targeted at healthcare.
2 – Multi-State insurance shopping
Both items were quickly dismissed as not having the backing of President Obama’s so called “Independent Economists”. This is the same argument made against the “Trickle Down” economics of Ronald Reagan in the 80’s. Yet the reduction in taxes, government intrusion in business, and the setting of consistent and long term goals launched a 26 year boom in the economy that survived tax increases, and various administrations.
What are the Republicans specifically offering? http://www.gop.gov/solutions
A) Lowering Health Care Premiums
B) Establishing Universal Access Programs to guarantee access to affordable health care for those with pre-existing conditions.
C) Prevent insurers from unjustly canceling a policy.
D) Encouraging Small Business Health Plans.
E) Encouraging innovative state programs.
F) Allowing Americans to buy insurance across state lines.
G) Promoting Healthier lifestyles.
H) Enhancing Health Savings Accounts.
As I look at the list above, I still see too much government intrusion into the individual rights of the US Citizen. In general though, it seems that it is more focused on reducing government limitations that today hinder the open competition and the large national health care risk pools.
President Obama still does not get it, Massachusetts truly was a referendum on his first year in office. It is possible to say that Massachusetts is not the United States, but the key point is, that Massachusetts does actually fall well in line with the national polls that say the American Public does not want.
To this humble writer it seems that Massachusetts just became the first primary state for the 2010 campaigns, and Democrats should pay attention, as well as the Republicans.
Message to the Democrats: Please pay attention to the Will of the people you represent.
Message to the Republicans: If you are going to lead, you need to have solutions and not just nay saying rhetoric.
So simple to write; so difficult to do!
The Lee’s Summit Conservative