Well everyone has to make mistakes, right?
So this is what we got going on that nobody cares enough about you to tell you in the newsmedia:
Obama has dropped the ball on this round of health care reform.
This is not the say he is now failing as president, or anything else the hate-mongers on the rightwing are sure to say.
But this is the first major misstep of The 44th US President.
There are a whole multitude of reasons, most of which very technical and are not coming to mind right now, (and very boring to cover) but as I prefer to ‘cut to the chase’ I’ll just say it like this:
Obama and The Democrats have failed, and failed utterly, to properly sell good health care reform to be proposed in the Congress.
I’m going to give you all a brief lesson in sales … pay attention:
The first thing you do is explain the value. Is this highly valuable or moderately valuable or barely valuable? Are we talking about a gold-plated coffee maker, or a plastic one? Is this car made for the long haul, or just for going to the store and back?
The second thing you do is explain the benefits. Are these the greatest benefits you could possibly have or just fine benefits or perhaps no benefit exists at all? Will you be better off in a few seconds after owning this or will you be better off in two months or will you never be better for owning this?
All the Democrats and President Obama have succeeded in doing at this stage is explaining what this bill won’t do.
Not one of them has succeeded in properly conveying the value and benefit of public health care options, nor have they properly conveyed the value and benefit of saving money in a exasperated system.
Call me vastly arrogant, but I feel they need to put my over-the-top with conviction self on this issue. I am a Progressive Reformist to the bone, and I think perhaps that is exactly what is lacking in the Democratic Party these days.
It seems to me the political will to get this done is floating away from the Democrats now that we are faced with actually doing it. After years of campaigning on health care reform, specifically what we are talking about as to medical insurance reform, these same people seem to lost their thunder as the moment in upon them to roar.
I chalk this up to the nature of people and nature of the real world.
President Obama has done an excellent job in terms of foreign affairs and the national security agenda, but seems to have some trouble working toward this particular domestic policy agenda at this time.
In the end, we the people cannot rely on any one political figure or any one group to get what we need from our government.
The fight goes on, and if they fail to achieve meaningful reform then we will pick up this battle once more in days yet to come.
And perhaps in those days yet to be before us, someone can explain clearly and passionately why we need health care reform in the US.
One can only hope….