President Obama is losing the debate on health care due to nutjobs on the right buying the propaganda from industry groups of "death panels" and "big gummint." But equally as insidious is the misguided demagoguery from the left that mischaracterizes Obama's stated goals of health care reform.
Rep Danny Davis (D-IL-7) said today at a rally: “No matter the cost, quality health care should be provided for every citizen.”
Wrong! No where in any of the priorities of Mr. Obama's plan, either on the campaign trail or in the White House, did he ever say "No matter the cost..." The goal has always been to "bend the cost curve down...", as the president has said in the past.
One commenatator said recently that Obama is like Michael Jordan on a really bad team, and Rep Davis' remark is one of many examples of this. Nobody with any sensibility would agree with Davis' characterization and such rhetoric is counter-productive to the cause.
The proper tact, and the truthful one, is that health care is a value-add for society and is cost-effective if delivered properly. The current system is too expensive and leaves too many people sick and in jeopardy of financial ruin.
The President needs to have a team meeting. STAT. And get this message right.