Episode 70 – The Great Divide: The White House Health Care Summit

We take over 6 hours of partisan bickering and posturing, cut through the hyperbole, and tell you everything you need to know about the historic health care summit, helping you make a more informed decision about the proposed health care plans. Glenn explains why President Obama was a the top of his game in deconstructing Republican arguments and presenting a clear, forceful case. Jeff explains why President Obama won the battle but lost the war, solidifying his reputation as the Conciliator in Chief, and warning that the summit needs to be judged not by what was said today, but what will be done tomorrow.

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One response to “Episode 70 – The Great Divide: The White House Health Care Summit

  1. As always guys, great show. Lots of comments in no particular order.

    First – kudos again to President Obama. I don’t agree with Jeff that this somehow brings Obama down a level. I think the summit actually shows him as a true leader. He sat in a room, ran the conversation, and really tried to get something done. I think it fell short, but I give him credit for the idea and the effort.

    Second, regarding the Waxman comment, I think everyone missed the point, and missed the fundamental disconnect in the conservative vs. liberal philosophy. When Waxman made a joke about an older American running around with a healthcare coupon wondering what to do, he missed the fact that if there were folks running around with healthcare coupons to spend, that companies would actually compete for their business. So the 39% increase in premiums that the democrats harped on during the summit, would never happen if there were interstate competition, or a customer that could control their own spend. I could take that coupon, and go spend it with a provider who had a cheaper rate or better coverage.

    The irony here is that in the end, the Democratic plan is much better for the insurance companies because it does nothing to reduce premiums, and it hands them 30 million new customers who are forced to buy healthcare. Talk about a great deal for insurance companies.

    The Republicans want to increase competition and empower consumers, which through market forces lead to lower premiums.

    But unfortunately, I don’t think the Republicans took the opportunity to make their points in the summit. And the Democrats, really did nothing to reach out, and came out of the summit with rhetoric about reconciliation, which is basically flipping the middle finger to the Republicans and the American people.

    Disappointing on both sides.

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