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Senator Lamar Alexander Respectfully Responds to President Obama’s Opening Statement. by The Elephant's Child

Peter Wehner commented succinctly on Senator Alexander’s response to the President’s opening statement:

Senator Alexander was an inspired choice, I think, to respond to President Obama’s opening statement. It is really quite good. For one thing, Alexander’s tone is perfect: reasonable, respectful, and authentic. He doesn’t sound as if he were reading from tired talking points. He was actually engaging Obama as well as the moment we’re in.

Senator Alexander also made excellent use of his own experiences in politics. He used nice analogies (“This car can’t be recalled and fixed,” he said. “It’ time to start over — but Republicans do want to start over.”) He highlighted the sweetheart deals in the Senate bill.

And he made a very important framing point: Republicans aren’t coming forward with a comprehensive plan because “we don’t do comprehensive well.” The nation is too big, too complicated, and too decentralized. And then he had this nice, subtle jab: “Comprehensive may work in a classroom [Professor Obama], but it doesn’t work in our big, complicated country.”



Senator Tom Coburn M.D. Actually Has Real Experience in Health Care. by The Elephant's Child
February 25, 2010, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Health Care | Tags: , ,

Senator Tom Coburn, a physician, made a strong case for tort reform. We can cut costs there by 15 percent, he says. That, in turn, will increase access. When health care costs 15% less, more people will find it affordable.

He argues that Medicaid has much higher rates of fraud than private plans, and makes the case for tackling lawsuit abuse, which spurs defensive medicine.

Obama claims that he has adopted “all the good ideas” on fraud and abuse, but that is not true. Democrats will do nothing to offend the trial lawyers who provide so much support for Democrats.

Max Baucus (D-MT) responded to the need for tort reform by pointing out that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius is working to come up with ways to end lawsuits “before they become bad lawsuits.” Whatever that means.
The problem is not simply lawsuits, but the extra tests and extra procedures that doctors and hospitals order to protect themselves from lawsuits.



Senator McCain Responds to President Obama by The Elephant's Child
February 25, 2010, 8:50 pm
Filed under: Economy, Energy, Health Care, Taxes | Tags: , ,


Speaker Pelosi Provides an Unintended Moment of Hilarity. by The Elephant's Child
February 25, 2010, 8:40 pm
Filed under: Politics

I suppose she actually believes this.  Do you think she ever had a course in economics? Nah.  When you take money out of a taxpayer’s pocket, give it to someone as a grant, oh never mind. You cannot explain to a liberal.

You have one of her compatriots explaining health care by describing some woman who was wearing her sister’s false teeth.



Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) Explains Clearly that the Republicans Know Very Well What They Are Talking About! by The Elephant's Child

Paul Ryan is a very impressive Congressman.  The Republicans are “the Party of No?” Not very likely.  The Republicans understand very clearly the ideas that underlie the Democrat Health Care plans, and why they won’t work.  They understand the sleazy budget tricks, the false estimates, and what the bills would actually do to the American people and the American economy.

Jay Nordlinger said at National Review today:

Let me try something out on you: This health-care summit was a bad idea for the Democrats for this reason: They have long benefited from a perception — a perception greatly abetted by the media: The Republicans don’t care about health care, they don’t know about health care, they are the Party of No. All the ideas and caring are on the Democratic side.

It is not so, and it has never been so. And now everybody knows it.



President Obama’s Closing Statement. by The Elephant's Child

Closing arguments from an irritated, arrogant president.   The Blair House Summit was intended to display Republicans as the party of obstruction and lack of understanding.  Republicans, they thought,  just don’t know about health care.  The reason that Democrats are so far in the tank in the polls is more than apparent.

From George Will:

Today’s health policy “summit” comes at a moment when, as happens with metronomic regularity, Washington is reverberating with lamentations about government being “broken.” Such talk occurs only when the left’s agenda is stalled.

Do you remember mournful editorials and somber seminars about “dysfunctional” government when liberals defeated George W. Bush’s Social Security reforms?



The Blair House Project by American Elephant
February 25, 2010, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Health Care, Politics | Tags: ,

Heh. Republicans can be pretty funny when they want to.




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