PBO and The NDAA

I’m not a cynical person. Once I have reason to trust someone, it takes more than a suspicion for me to give up on them. But gaging by the reaction to the President’s signing the NDAA, I expected jackbooted storm troopers were already kicking in our front doors this morning.

In what has become our fear based social discourse, public opinions live and die on style points, projection and cynicism. Declaring the motives of the President ahead of his actions has become a national pass time, fueled by political opportunists and a public whose mistrust of our government is on par with military dictatorships. Not content to wait for the consequences of policy changes (legislative substance is measured slowly over time), we rage against the future, as if we know what’s going to happen.

There are a lot of people who feel abandoned by the President from time to time, as their causes come up for consideration. Healthcare didn’t have a public option, DADT repeal took too long, Guantanamo isn’t closed yet, we haven’t converted to solar & wind, world peace is too far off, unemployment isn’t below 6%, Cheney is still a free man, the Supreme Court has a conservative bias, the War in Afghanistan isn’t over, Israel and Palestine continue to fight, Republicans aren’t cooperating, children are too fat, the polar ice is melting, wages for the middle class are stagnant, there are bigots on TV, guns are sold to anyone, Corporations have free access to the legislative process, wealth and political power is consolidated in the hands of a few, the banks rob us with immunity….

Although this is just a portion of my personal list, what it’s not is an indictment of the President. There’s a fine line between being patient and being duped, but I don’t feel cheated with my trust in President Obama. A lesser man would have caved in to the pressure long ago, but he hasn’t done that and I don’t see anyone with better character or skills on the horizon.


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3 Responses to PBO and The NDAA

  1. Karen, Sr. says:

    I never respond to other’s comments on these blogs, but Jack, the term “public option” didn’t materialize until the summer of 2009. It is a fabrication of the Professional Left (PL) whose voices were louder and more proliferate than those in the WH. The President always campaigned for and finally got the exchanges to make health care 1.) Affordable; and 2.) Accessible to all. He did what he promised and did what our elected officials could get passed. I’m glad for that. If the PL had had their way we would not have the ACA at all and millions would still be uninsured. Of course, the PL would still have their cause to continue to whine about, which is what they prefer over actual accomplishment. Accomplishment, however, does allow them to move the goal posts so they will always be outraged by what was not accomplished. They will always find a way to maintain their relevance. My job is to ignore their outrage and turn to what else can be accomplished. Sorry, I digress….

    I’m also thinking of the millions of employees in the private health care and insurance industries who, what? would have found themselves out of jobs with 9% unemployment if the public option had been included? Or, was it possible to put those millions immediately on the federal payroll? Because that’s what a public option would mean. When you say public option, do you mean a VA style of insurance coverage? I for one do not want my health care coverage determined by the whims of the party in power and whether or not they will choose to limit funds one year to the next. That, too, would be a consequence of the public option. Or, did you mean Medicare for all? And, now that the provision that mandates insurance companies to spend at least 80% of its income on providing actual health care is in force, it seems to me we got the best of both worlds. Limiting companies’ profitability from denying benefits and claims and utilizing private businesses to achieve 1.) Affordability and 2.) Access.

  2. jacksmith says:


    ( http://my.firedoglake.com/iflizwerequeen/2011/05/16/how-about-a-little-truth-about-what-the-majority-want-for-health-care/ )

    ( Gov. Peter Shumlin: Real Healthcare reform — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yFUbkVCsZ4 )

    ( Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator — http://www.cepr.net/calculators/hc/hc-calculator.html )

    ( Briefing: Dean Baker on Boosting the Economy by Saving Healthcare http://t.co/fmVz8nM )


    As you all know. Had congress passed a single-payer or government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will. Single-payer would be best. But a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! that can lead to a single-payer system is the least you can accept. It’s not about competing with for-profit healthcare and for-profit health insurance. It’s about replacing it with Universal Healthcare Assurance. Everyone knows this now.

    The message from the midterm elections was clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment, or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!


    For-profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.



    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these past midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress could have passed a robust government-run public option during it’s lame duck session. They knew what the American people wanted. They already had several bills on record. And the house had already passed a public option. Departing members could have left with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you could have solidified your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make the past midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.


    jacksmith – WorkingClass 🙂

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