Saturday, November 8, 2008

Move Over, Lady. You're Not Wanted Here.

Here I am on a Saturday night, reflecting on what might have been. I haven't been able to contemplate a social life filled with the requisite amounts of merriment and mirth since I watched HRC get shellacked in the primaries. Sometimes I console myself with the conviction that if she gets to enact one huge law for the betterment of society in America, it will be her twenty years-in-the making, health care reform.
Those forty seven million uninsured, give or take a few hundred who hang at Grand Central Station, would find themselves in the statistics of those with prolonged lives due to decent and affordable health care. As we all recall, one of the platforms that she ran on was just that, and her mandated system trumped the benefits laid out by the messiah's copy cat, spark noted, wannabe so called plan sans mandates. Countless medical professionals gave Hillary the nod, touting her plan as the most beneficial to the patient, and probably the most damaging to the bloodsuckers known as insurance companies and pharmaceutical lobbyists. When Sen. Clinton first put forth legislation during Pres. Clinton's tenure in the WH, it was treated like piddle papers are for a puppy in training, otherwise known as, thrown out with the trash. This has been her life's work, and her passion for it helped this accomplished, brilliant woman with solutions to WIN the Demodud nomination. Is it too late to make a citizen's arrest against the Pres. (S)elect?
Well, you're wondering why the hell I'm rehashing old news, eh? The following article lifted from the rag known as WaPO will astound you, sicken you, and bring back the still fresh memories of why we had this fucking election stolen by the boys' club and the women who love them (that means you, McCaskill, Napolitano, Sebellius, Piglosi).
Posted at 5:12 PM ET, 11/ 7/2008
Hillary Denied Bid to Take Charge of Health Care? Written by Mary Ann Akers

Ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) apparently has rebuffed a bold bid by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to take over health care policy in the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January.

Sources tell the Sleuth Clinton had approached Kennedy, who chairs the Senate health committee, and Democratic leaders about creating a new special health care subcommittee, one she would chair.

Her hope was to draft the legislation that would fulfill her presidential campaign promise - and President-elect Barack Obama's - for a sweeping health care overhaul plan.

But sources say Kennedy is cool to the idea. So is his top health care aide, Michael Myers, Kennedy's staff director on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Myers tells the trade publication
InsideHealthPolicy that Kennedy will continue handling health care policy at the full committee level. Asked if that meant Clinton would not be tapped to head a new health subcommittee as rumored, Myers said that was correct.

Kennedy, who is continuing treatment for brain cancer in Washington, has already been working on health care legislation in recent weeks. In fact, Kennedy and Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) are both scheduled to brief Obama on health policy this week.

"In the end," Myers told InsideHealthPolicy, "it's President Obama who's going to lead the effort for us."

Democratic sources close to the health committee saw Clinton's entreaty to chair her own subcommittee as an attempt to hijack health care policy, an issue dear to Kennedy's heart and one he has championed for decades.

She won't get a subcommittee chairmanship as a consolation prize for losing the Democratic presidential race, they say.

"No one here gets preference because they ran for President," one senior Democratic aide tells the Sleuth, adding, "Sixteen current senators - six on the HELP Committee alone! - have run for President."

Clinton ranks eighth in seniority on the committee and would be leapfrogging over the likes of two other ex-presidential candidates, Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), if she were to get a special subcommittee to call her own. (To be sure, none of them got as close as Clinton did to securing her party's nomination.)

Clinton's spokesman, Philippe Reines, would not discuss the senator's private talks with Kennedy or others. He said only, "Senator Clinton has told her HELP Chairman Senator Kennedy, as well as Leader Reid, that she stands ready to help President-elect Obama in any and every way she can to enact comprehensive health care reform, which she has sought for nearly two decades."

All we know is that even as Democrats are relishing this week's smashing victory at the polls, tension already is brewing within their own ranks. If Clinton really hoped to carve out her own subcommittee, it sounds like she can - as some of her New York City constituents might say I - fuhgeddaboutit.

"A decision was made years ago to keep healthcare policy at the committee level. And I can't imagine that will change anytime soon," says one veteran Democratic Senate aide.

Ok, if by now, you are not heaving, let me get the bucket for you, because you will be soon.


Alessandro Machi said...

Wow, the arrogance of the following comment is just amazing. "No one here gets preference because they ran for President," one senior Democratic aide tells the Sleuth, adding, "Sixteen current senators - six on the HELP Committee alone! - have run for President."

Too actually brag about all the people that have run for president, LOST, and then were bought off to slam Hillary Clinton in this years democratic race is an arrogance for the ages.

On top of that, Hillary Clinton has been involved in health care legislation since the early 90's! Bill Clinton actually lost ground during his first presidential term by supporting Hillary's Health Care efforts early on, so clearly both Hillary and Bill have a deep involvement in Health Care that started well before Hillary ran for president.


Alessandro Machi said...

I wanted to add a second thought in a separate comment because it is a different aspect of health care coverage for all.

In my opinion, what will always impede the healthcare coverage debate is coverage for people doing stupid things.

Smoke two packs a day for 20 years, and then get lung related problems, we gotcha covered.

Skateboard jumping without any padding, sure, we gotcha covered. Skateboard jumping WITH padding, sure, we gotcha covered.

Get drunk and get into a fistfight, sure we gotcha covered. Call someone an insulting and prejudicial name that precedes a fight, sure, we gotcha covered.

I like the idea of health care coverage for all, but I see a problem behind the idea of health coverage for everybody when a noticeable portion could go to people doing stupid things.

I'm not saying I am against health care coverage for all, I'm just pointing out how absolutely difficult taking the healthcare coverage for all from an idea, into actual implementation, will be.

Plus, could it then cause a new run on our borders of illegal entry, from all over the world! Health Care coverage for all, I am there!

I have had time to think about this stuff while I have been sitting in an emergency room with an ailing parent for much longer than what might have been necessary if some barely adult kids hadn't gotten in to what appeared to be a fight over nothing at a party.

But then again, how do we know if an elderly person is there because they smoked for 30 years and then quit, but now must deal with the consequences.

This is the kind of stuff that is very very difficult to figure out, no matter who is running the committee.