Domestic Agenda: B
By now we’re all sick of hearing about health care. The health care bill has been the main focus of the first year of the administration and rightfully so. America, despite temporary amnesia, voted overwhelmingly for universal health care during the 2008 election. The Republicans during their Contract with America days and the monkey boy years never had a President win with such an overwhelmingly victory or had such large majorities in both houses of Congress. In fact, the Republican party has not had this much of an advantage in the House and Senate since 1923. The thought that this is a conservative nation is a myth that can be proven by simply looking at our countries history.
With this sort of political capital health care reform should have been rammed down the throats of Congress by President Obama. He tried to be too cordial in his relationship with Congress and I believe it cost him momentum that he’s had trouble regaining. Republicans never should have been involved in the health care debate at all. They were irrelevant in the first year of the Obama Administration and should have been treated as such, because, lets face it, the Republican party and the insurance companies are one in the same. When Congressional Democrats got timid he should have threatened them with his huge donor lists, not made an effort to accommodate them. I’m aware he was trying to keep up with campaign pledges of operating a different kind of politics but health care should have been pushed through with a populist fervor. It would have worked.
Having said all that, health care reform still is close to passing. Is the bill flawed? Of course, it’s Congress we’re talking about here. However, we are moving in the direction we should be. Health care needs to be treated as a right in America and that will gain traction over time. The bill will be tweaked over the years but once Americans get used to the idea of health care as a right it will be impossible to take away just like Social Security and Medicare, two very socialist programs that no politician would dare touch. Now, this bill has not passed as of yet and if it doesn’t I’d have to drop his grade down to a D. But, despite not reaching expectations, the fact that the bill is one step away from passage is amazing. Clinton never got health care out of committee. Here’s hoping we’ll get something.
Tomorrow: Foreign policy.