To drop the currently prevailing delusional notion appears to be a presidential need taking into account that there is practically no ‘perfect plan’ to make everybody happy – neither the insurance companies and PhRMA nor the rather confused US citizens.*
Lessons in Leadership: Why Obama Needs to Brush Up on His FDR
(1) Of course, even if Obama were to summon his formidable grassroots army, as he attempted to do last week, exactly what is it they would be rallying around when knocking on doors or holding house parties? We’ve heard the mantra that the president wants “choice and competition.” But how does he intend to do that? Specifically. He’s been way too fuzzy — and foxy — on the fundamentals, with his administration delivering mixed messages from the very beginning.
Instead of laying out his vision for reform in unequivocal strokes — drawing clear lines in the sand on what he will and won’t accept in a bill — Obama’s plan is apparently whatever Charles Grassley and Max Baucus and Kent Conrad will accept. The president “guaranteed” he’ll get reform done. But we’re not worried that there will be no bill to which Obama affixes his signature. We’re worried that the bill will be the equivalent of a Social Security bill containing Clark’s poison pill amendment. And we are even more worried that the president will sign it, declare victory, and move on. […]
(2) During the campaign, Obama frequently said that this wasn’t about him, but about all of us. That’s true, but we’re now at a juncture where it actually is about him.
The president has the leadership skills to reclaim this debate and take it directly to the American people, sidestepping — or running over, if need be — those who have decided to stand in the way of real change. Read more (Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post)
* Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Supplementary: Global Haplifnet Compilations
Amendment, Sep 4:
– My HuffPost comment to “Disease Mongering: Good For Big Pharma, Bad For You” by Dr. Andrew Weil
– US Healthcare and Education Issues
haplif – Frank Kalder (HuffPost profile/comments)