Friday, February 26, 2010

More Political Theatre Courtesy Of Obama Healthcare Summit

Yeah and it was more like Kabuki Theatre without the scary heavy makeup.
Kabuki (歌舞伎 kabuki) is the highly stylized classical Japanese - dance-drama . Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers. The individual kanji characters, from left to right, mean sing (歌), dance (舞), and skill (伎). Kabuki is therefore sometimes translated as "the art of singing and dancing." These are, however, ateji characters which do not reflect actual etymology. The kanji of 'skill', however, generally refers to a performer in kabuki theatre. Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning "to lean" or "to be out of the ordinary", kabuki can be interpreted as "avant-garde" or "bizarre" theatre.

Ok - so yeah - this healthcare summit of Obama's did display a lot of singing and dancing.. and definitely political skill.

It was definitely out of the ordinary and bizarre.

Let's recap..

- 7 hours of talking - mostly Democrats talking.

- Lots and lots of personal and boring anecdotes.

- Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander said the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that "for millions of Americans, premiums will go up." - The President said that that was false.. lots of bickering back and forth over that... nothing new on that score (and actually health care costs will go up - we can't actually believe anything Obama says anyway)

- Sen. John McCain scolded the Democrats for what he called "unsavory" backdoor deals with this current legislation ... and Obama came back with "we aren't campaigning anymore the election is over" (snark snark nya nya nya sticking out tongue and other childish behavior without addressing really the issue of politician vote buying)

- Sen. John McCain made reference to the "Reconciliation" factor - demanding to know whether or not the Democrats would cram this through the Senate using the strategy of a reconciliation process to pass a bill with a normal 51-vote majority and avoid the filibuster that usually requires 60 votes. Harry Reid got all in a snit about it and said there was no such strategy (right ... sure... and he has a bridge to sell someone in Brooklyn too)

- Obama and Rep. Eric Cantor got into a tussle. Cantor came armed with copies of the bills that have already passed the House and Senate stacked up in front of him and was rebuked by the all powerful "O" for using the stack of papers as a "prop", but Cantor went on to cite the costs of this plan saying millions would lose coverage and that "When you start to mandate that everyone in the country has insurance ... there are consequences to that... We just can't afford this." (Cantor's right)

- Paging Dr. Tom Coburn... Coburn talked about tort reform and Medicaid and Medicare fraud and waste. (that's nice Tom, but the Dems want no part in real Tort reform, now go play with your stethoscope in the corner somewhere)

- There was talk about free markets and that costs of medical insurance would go down if there were more competition - like being able to buy policies across state lines. (but that's all... just a bunch of talk)

- Calls to scrap the bill and start over. (Great idea)

Oh so much talking and posturing, and well, a bunch of same old same old.

There was Obama - speaking to those around the table calling them by first name as if they were all in the principal's office... and they addressing him as Mr. President. And Obama being very unpresidential and defensive in the process. He basically wasn't looking for ideas - he already knows what he wants. This was theatre to make it look like he wanted Republican input. What a farce.

There's no getting away with it though.
The healthcare bill is a pile of crap.
There are too many mandates and it will cost business and taxpayers much more than this country can afford.
The cost of healthcare will go up and the quality will go down.
Obama and Reid will no doubt try to force this ugly mess through.
The voters are watching... and if they pass this mess of crap, it will be guaranteed that they will reap the consequences in November.

The majority of Americans do not want this legislation.
I repeat:
The majority of Americans do not want this legislation.

That's all those politicians need to know.

The rest is noisy and elaborate Kabuki theatre.

Bonus: "You Vote Obama Care - We'll vote you outta there..." (Ray Stevens tune)