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.