Robert J. Samuelson wrote an excellent op-ed on health care today. As much as we may wish otherwise, the conservative echo chamber only has so much reach.
Samuelson is an editor for both Newsweek and the Washington Post, and he is no conservative. So when he eviscerates Obama and the health care bill at this critical juncture, I must reply, well done sir.
Beltway insiders will read Samuelson and the Washington Post. I hope his op-ed is published on Tuesday. If I were a GOP staffer, I’d buy dozens of copies of the Washington Post and strategically fold and place them around the Hill; the cafeteria, the gym, ….
It seems most of Democrats on the fence are concerned with two things, abortion and cost control. Samuelson’s op-ed destroys any notion that this bill will control costs.
I really don’t have much to write. Time is of the essence and I just wanted to get this article into heavy circulation.
One job of presidents is to educate Americans about crucial national problems. On health care, Barack Obama has failed. Almost everything you think you know about health care is probably wrong or, at least, half wrong. Great simplicities and distortions have been peddled in the name of achieving “universal health coverage.” The miseducation has worsened as the debate approaches its climax.
“If not now, when? If not us, who?” Obama asks. The answer is: It’s not now, and it’s not “us.” Pass or not, Obama’s proposal is the illusion of “reform,” not the real thing.
Ouch. Get the drift. In layman’s terms, the independent and respected Samuelson tears Obama a new ***hole.