President Obama: After nearly a century of trying -- Democratic administrations, Republican administrations -- we are closer than ever to bringing more security to the lives of so many Americans. The approach we've taken would protect every American from the worst practices of the insurance industry.According to "f------ retarded" -- oh, boy, here we go again.
Let me lay some groundwork before address the Health Insurance reformation or Mr. Emanuel's remark.
Rahm Emanuel was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 29, 1959. He served from January 3, 2003 to January 2, 2009 in the U.S. House of Representative from Illinois 5th Congressional District. This is the same district that elected Rod Blagojevich. It encompasses Chicago, Schiller Park, Franklin Park, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Northlake, and Melrose Park in a typical gerrymandering style of drawing district maps -- not all that different from Texas. Emanuel is no slouch.
It is at this point that I'd like to have a few words with Mr. Emanuel.
Last summer, when he was shooting off his big mouth, I hit the streets for the President (see amateur video blog entry). If you doubt my word, check in with Sam Hirst-Wade with Organizing for America. Understand this, I have a very bad back, and I was still walking the street here in Forest Hill, Texas for the almost nonexistent Democratic Headquarters of Fort Worth. This was in support of President Obama's cockamamie Health Insurance Reform initiate (was not even a bill in August). So ... what does that tell Mr. Emanuel?
As an individual, I am not the most enthusiastic supporter of the Health Insurance reform bill. To me it looks like a national version of the Massachusetts Model (see amateur video blog entry). Normally I would concede that something is better than nothing. However, I am having a little problem with the lack of a public option. Without a public option I see a concocted reform that will force us into the care of the same insurance companies which have done all they can to deny that care now. We will be told to purchase coverage from one of the current insurance providers, or else .... I am getting very tired of the "or else" clauses. As Colvin pointed out in his work on Crime and Coercion in 2000, the "or else" doesn't work.
I see a system where, sometime after 2013, a new regime takes over and releases the insurance companies from their obligations. I say that because the opposition is still offering no solutions but is insisting that regulation and control is a bad idea in any form of any industry. Without a safe harbor of a public option these companies, over time, will once again do what they damn well please.
I am going to stick with my original prediction from back in 2003. I recorded it in Radicals, Religion and Revelation in the chapter titled 2027. Something is going to hit the U.S. It will not be the Plague. It will not be Ebola. It will not be Swine Flu either. Something is going to hit us like the Spanish Flu of 1918, and it will probably hit us when we are in worse fiscal shape than we are in now -- we seem to hit a recession every three years in this new economy. That event will press the insurance firms so hard that they will go running to Uncle Sam for help. Uncle Sam will eventually pick up the tab since it is that or let the citizens die from a disease that is extensively treatable. At that point, rich or poor, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, we will be stuck with some kind of socialized medicine. Crisis management tends to have long term effects well past the crisis.
If Mr. Emanuel wants to call me a "f------ retarded" because he has failed to convince me that the pattern of history is altered, then it is upon him; he has failed to get his message to the people. Still, I doubt if anyone in Washington really has any concerns about what it looks like at the ground level.
The rank and file republicans, the Tea Party crowd, are not going to give the Obama administration or Emanuel's White House any credit, or cut them any slack. To listen to them the Republicans are God manifestation on earth. They walk on water. They heal the sick with one touch. The hypocrisy is overlooked and nothing is ever their doing. Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes have never done anything wrong. All that has gone wrong is the fault of "the other guy." This is funny coming from a group who embrace the Christian religion where confessing ones own sin is a primary tenant. As such, Emanuel and Obama can give up on them.
If they really want to get the Health Insurance Reform passed (name change noted on February 7, 2010), he is going to have to stop pandering to the right and drive it home. This is what King George the Usurper would have done. This is what Ronald Reagan would have done. More importunately, this is what Boss Daley would have done, and what Harry S. Truman would have done. Obama is the President of the United States, if he want this done, then he has all the position power he needs to get this done. He can be as humble as he wants, it is still up to him to get the job done. As Truman said, the buck stops at the President's desk. Obama is the man in charge, and Obama is the one who has to get the job done.