closed doors and open contempt
If the current health care legislation is so great why is it that so many politically influential groups are seeking exemptions from its grasp?
In a closed door meeting with labor leaders, the president and congress secured member support by exempting unions from an additional tax on so called cadillac insurance plans, a tax that you and I must pay on the same level of coverage.
So what makes the union member living next door more deserving than you? That’s a good question, perhaps you should ask your congressman (that is if he will even take your call).
Despite the fact that Obama repeatedly promised an open and transparent discussion on health care, specifically in front of CSPAN cameras, much of, if not the entire process of hashing out a deal has occurred behind lock and key with zero public oversight. Deals with union leaders, big pharma, and various other special interest groups have been cut in direct contradiction with multiple Obama campaign pledges.
The president was not elected for his ideas. He was not elected because he is black, not because he is a great leader, but rather on the singular promise of being an agent of change. Change that he has failed to institute at every imaginable level in his first year in office. Instead of change we have been met with arrogance and dishonesty at every step of the process. Special exemptions, favortism inequality, bribes, strong arming, back room dealing, and an overall cloak of secrecy is not exactly what people thought they were voting for. Instead of shutting lobbyists out of the White House as promised, Obama has installed them a side door and bricked over the windows so we can’t see in. This administration makes the Bush White House look like a fish tank.
Never has an administration broken so many promises in such little time. So on Tuesday, when one of the most liberal states elects a Republican to fill the vacant seat of the man who championed this cause, perhaps Obama will wake up and finally start listening to the people (yeah right). His arrogance is astounding but his current downfall is epic.