Morgen on April 27, 2009 at 8:24 am
The Obama Administration and the Democratic leadership in Congress are progressing rapidly towards enacting healthcare reform this year – with or without Republican support. In fact, the Administration struck a key deal with moderate Democrats this past Friday, which virtually assures they will pay only lip service to bi-partisanship when it comes to crafting this legislation. Legislation which will fundamentally alter the future of healthcare for all Americans.
A centerpiece of Obama’s healthcare plan is the inclusion of a “public plan option” which will offer individuals and small businesses the choice of participating in a government-run healthcare plan. Charles Krauthammer and others have made the case that the public plan option is only an intermediate step towards liberal Democrats’ ultimate goal, which is the establishment of a single-payer, socialized healthcare system.
Of course acknowledging your plan is a step towards socialism is no way to sell the American people on the need for reform. No worries – with their willing allies in the mainstream media, Axelrod and crew have been very effective in framing this discussion around the need to reduce healthcare costs and provide greater access to healthcare for those without insurance.
However, all the messaging control in the world wasn’t enough to stop a certain loose-cannon liberal from acknowledging what the real agenda is. Take a look at what Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) had to say at a healthcare reform rally in support of the President’s plan on April 18:
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and co-sponsor of HR-676 answered criticisms from single-payer advocates. She said the public option is not a compromise, but a strategic step toward the single-payer system and the elimination of the private insurance industry…
The public option is simply the opening salvo against the private sector, Schakowsky and other speakers said.
Both Schakowsky and McNary stressed the need for solidarity among health care reform activists, in order to build mass support and momentum toward the goal of a single-payer system.
If Schakowsky’s name is familiar it’s because she has been in the news lately criticizing the Tea Parties (her husband is also a convicted tax cheat). And no surprise, she is also a close friend of Nancy Pelosi’s.
I can hear the spinmeisters already: Schakowsky doesn’t speak for the Administration, she is not involved in crafting the legislation, she was misquoted, etc., etc.
If you haven’t done so already I encourage you to read Krauthammer’s piece and then decide for yourself which is more likely. That Schakowsky is just a liberal kook with no basis for her statements, OR that in front of a receptive, far-left crowd in her home district, she actually let the truth slip out.
Update: I doubt this audience needs any more convincing, but listen carefully to what Obama had to say in this speech to the AFL-CIO in 2003. The Clinton campaign called Obama out on this during the Democratic primaries.