Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Presidential "Discomfort"

Who didn't ALWAYS know that, desperate to show some big success in the first year, Obama would sign any piece of shit bill that could get enough support to get to his desk, even if it were only cosmetically helpful to the American people, and was always going to be an enormous financial windfall for the least deserving industries in the whole fucking world: for-profit medicine. Now the heralds are proclaiming an historical event, the equal of Civil Rights and Social Security, and it's all bullshit:
Status Quo

by digby

NY Times:
President Obama suggested Monday that he was not comfortable with abortion restrictions inserted into the House version of major health care legislation, and he prodded Congress to revise them.

The only thing he seemed uncomfortable with was the idea of the bill blowing up.

It's important to understand what "revision" at this point means. The status quo is no longer the compromise between those who believe that all women should have access to insurance coverage for abortion and those who believe that abortion should be illegal. That ship sailed many years ago with the egregious Hyde Amendment which denied coverage to the women who need it most --- poor women on Medicaid. For years pro-choice groups had agitated to repeal it, but took that completely off the table in this negotiation and agreed to codify it instead. That compromise already changed the status quo.

Now, the Stupak amendment goes even farther and says that any woman who is in the individual private insurance market will not be allowed to purchase a policy if they receive a subsidy. If the president will now take a "revision" of that, as now seems possible, we will see the "status quo" become something else again.

The status quo has already been dealt away.
This has been pretty obviously the track the whole process would take, pretty much from the beginning...

No comments:

Post a Comment