In a huge blow to the opponents of healthcare reform, Wal-Mart has come out in support of a mandate that employers provide affordable healthcare to their employees. Wal-Mart is the nation's largest employer, and its uninsured employees are one of the biggest drains on the healthcare system. Wal-Mart's position creates a giant crack in the coalition against healthcare reform.
The Republican Women of Anne Arundel County have posted a letter from their president, Joyce E. Thoman on their website that compared Barack Obama to Hitler and claims that Obama is blitzkrieging the American economy in an attempt to destroy it. Without seeing a bill, the letter also called healthcare reform terrifying.
Yesterday former President Bill Clinton advised President Obama to stand strong when it comes to a including a single payer option in the healthcare reform bill. Clinton advised Obama not to sell the store, just to get 60 votes to get a healthcare reform bill passed.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was on CBS News' Face The Nation today, where he continued to call the Obama healthcare reform proposal government run healthcare, and he said that a public option is a non-starter on healthcare. McConnell claimed that America has the best healthcare in the world, but he offered no ideas to give more people access to healthcare.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is very upset with President Obama for going sightseeing in Paris, while telling Congress to get moving on healthcare reform. Grassley posted, "Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us"time to deliver" on health care."
Powerful Senate Democrats Max Baucus and Ted Kennedy released a joint statement today saying that they will have a healthcare reform bill ready before the Senate takes its August recess. The fact that Baucus, who opposes single payer, released a statement with Kennedy is a clear sign that single payer is in trouble.
While trying to make the case for keeping Guantanamo Bay open as a detention center, Republican Sen. John Ensign said of the detainees, "They get better health care than the average American citizen does." I think Ensign just gave the Democrats their best argument in favor of healthcare reform.
Rush Limbaugh went into full paranoia mode today over healthcare reform. Rush claimed that healthcare reform will allow government to control every element of our lives, but the truth is that Rush and the Republicans are running a con when it comes to healthcare reform. Rush is trying to pull the ultimate distraction.
Since joining the Democratic Party, Sen. Arlen Specter has voted against the bankruptcy reform bill, and the Obama budget. Specter has also claimed that he won't be a loyal Democrat, and that he won't support the Employee Free Choice Act. If Arlen Specter won't show loyalty to the state's Democrats, then why should they show loyalty to him in the 2010 Democratic primary? Democrats need to weigh their options before they support Arlen Specter.
On the surface Bill Clinton and Barack Obama seem to have a great deal in common. They are/were both young Democratic presidents who also have/had Democratic controlled Congresses, who inherited recessions, but each president's first 100 days took different paths.
President Barack Obama will mark his first 100 days in office this week. To mark the anniversary, here is a comparison of how Barack Obama and George W. Bush spent their first 100 days in office. You may be surprised to learn that both presidents were/are still popular after their first 100 days.
Former Lt. Gov.
Tom Daschle dropped a political bombshell today when he withdrew from the process of being appointed HH
With the return of Sen. Red Kennedy to the Hill today, we are reminded that healthcare reform will be not only a prominent issue, but also it could be the biggest challenge that President Obama will face. Here are some of the pitfalls, and possibilities for healthcare reform.
https://www.politicususa.com/en/Obama-healthcare-taxes-mccainDemocratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hammered John McCain on the issue of taxes today, while speaking in Dover, NH. Obama specifically pointed out that McCain's healthcare plan would tax workers' health insurance benefits.