Friday, July 17, 2009

GOP Takes Losing Healthcare Strategy Nationwide

Real health care reform is arguably the most important issue that we face both in Wisconsin and across the nation. The Governor and Democrats in the Legislature have consistently been on the front lines of trying to find real solutions to the health care crisis. Republicans on the other hand have been advocates of the dysfunctional status quo and I still believe that is a major reason for their electoral losses that started in 2006 and continue now. Apparently Wisconsin Republicans have shipped their failed strategy (recycled from the early 90's) back to D.C. and their national counterparts are now using all of the same do-nothing talking points.

Republican obstructionists in D.C. also appear to be relying on GOP wordsmith Frank Lutz. He authored a memo in May suggesting what poll-tested words they could use to convince Americans that real health care reform is bad. Clearly the GOP parrots listened as they have begun erecting straw men with words like "rationing", "takeover", and "bureaucrat". They will soon realize that the pain suffered by millions has moved the public far past their stale word games and PR campaigns. When it comes to our national health care crisis, the public wants bold new action not more of the same. Americans have repeatedly shown that they are ready for real change, especially in the area of health care, and no losing GOP strategy from the past is going to stop it.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess Paul Ryan's health care reform proposal is conveniently dismissed for some reason.

Anonymous said...

It looks like they don't have a response to you.

Cory Liebmann said...

its a joke...nothing new there

Anonymous said...

Riiiiggghhtt, and universal health care isn't a joke?

Anonymous said...

No, just a trillion more dollars and an affirmation that China will own the U.S. by the end of Obama's short administration.

Cory Liebmann said...

No it is not a joke...a majority of the industrialized world uses at least some form of it effectively. I know...I know, you've bought all the right wing talking points about "rationing" care and long "waiting" for treatment...but that is more a right wing urban legend than actual reality.

Besides,I would rather have almost any system then our dysfunctional status quo. It is bankrupting and literally killing millions of people. Yet Republicans on all levels continue to fight change.

When the republicans had total control of the state legislature they didn't do a single meaningful thing on health care reform. They got thrown out and the Dems actually did what they promised and started working on bold new solutions right away.

When republicans controlled both Congress and the White House they did zero to reform health care and they have now been tossed out of power. The Dems and our President are doing what they promised and they are working on bold new solutions. The GOP is doing nothing but sniping and offering nothing new.

anon #2....you are really predicting that the President is going to lose his next election already? What do you base that on his amazing approval ratings? You probably predicted a vice president palin, and justice koshnick, and dpi super fernandez, etc etc….Predicting the President's defeat so early and while his numbers are so high is just blind and ignorant. Btw, were you so concerned about our debt when the failure from TX/CT was in office?

Anonymous said...

Cory,

"No it is not a joke...a majority of the industrialized world uses at least some form of it effectively.

I don't really care what the rest of the industrialized world is doing with their health care. In my opinion, their advancements in health care is off the backs of U.S. innovation and ambitions.

"I know...I know, you've bought all the right wing talking points about "rationing" care and long "waiting" for treatment...but that is more a right wing urban legend than actual reality.


Right wing talking points? You can find the problems with Canadian health care, for instance, from Canadian websites where doctors are bitching about how bad they have it. So no, you don't have to listen to right-wingers to get the info.


"Besides,I would rather have almost any system then our dysfunctional status quo. It is bankrupting and literally killing millions of people. Yet Republicans on all levels continue to fight change.

Two points: first, our system is the best in the world in terms of pharmaceuticals and technology. Our emergency medicine is second to none. And our access to care is among the best in the world. And you want to trade this in for a larger Medicare? Second, what about Paul Ryan's health care proposal? Did you read his roadmap? And if so, what are your criticisms?


"When the republicans had total control of the state legislature they didn't do a single meaningful thing on health care reform.

State legislature? I thought we were talking national politics? Since we are talking state politics, were you in favor of "Healthy Wisconsin"?


"They got thrown out and the Dems actually did what they promised and started working on bold new solutions right away."

Are you referring to "Healthy Wisconsin"?


"When republicans controlled both Congress and the White House they did zero to reform health care and they have now been tossed out of power. The Dems and our President are doing what they promised and they are working on bold new solutions."

Bold isn't always better. And reform doesn't always include government run health care. Reform can occur within system without throwing the baby out with the bath water.


"The GOP is doing nothing but sniping and offering nothing new."

Again, you're ignoring Paul Ryan's health care proposal.

victor said...
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Cory Liebmann said...

Ryan's "plan" is just a rehashing of McCain's...that one got a full airing before the American people and they clearly chose Obama's.

http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/05/20/gop-health-plan/