Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Can We Get Some Opposition Leadership Up In Here?

At the end of the article in my previous post about hospitals, GOP leader John Boehner says:

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio criticized the hospital deal, saying it was negotiated out of public view. "The administration and congressional Democrats are literally bullying health care groups into cutting back-room deals to fund a government takeover of health care," Boehner said in a statement.

As bad as Obama is, the Republicans, with comments like this, do not inspire confidence. I have a sad feeling that they prefer to speak stupidly and in generalities rather than to articulate exactly what the damage will be of this proposal. Get into the stark facts about level of service cuts, the impacts this may have on certain types of care, give human examples that people can relate to, and hammer it home that the President and his party are spending like drunken sailors on shore leave. Instead, Boehner hits the conspiracy theory theme. Oh no - backroom deals! The stupidity of these policies are so apparent the opposition arguments should essentially write themselves. But I guess that's too much to ask from current Republicans.

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