1. A shameless politicization of the DEATH of a still quite controversial figure nationally
2. Not many except pulsating partisans will draw much inspiration from the re-baptizing of "Obamacare" as the "Teddy Kennedy Memorial Socialized Medicine Act"
3. The mere suggestion, POLITICALLY, is indication of last ditch desperation
4. Very few of our SENIOR CITIZENS are going to switch sentiments about HR3200 because its name has been changed
5. Their genuine fears and concerns will NOT be allayed by "Remembering Teddy"
6. Instead, they're sure to see the INSULT in the effort
7. Re-designating the deal does not decrease our DEFICIT a dollar
8. Indeed, the White House itself declared just last Friday that national borrowing is TWO TRILLION dollars HIGHER than the administration has so far been willing to ADMIT
9. A new APPELLATION does not alter the APPEARANCE of America, made unmistakably manifest in hundreds of townhalls across the homeland
10. It won't change the president's plummeting polls, his wholesale lack of leadership, his rapidly increasing IRRELEVANCE
11. Unmodified remain the dispositions of bluedogs, governors, freshmen, the CBO
12. Health care reform, as currently contemplated, still FINES individuals caught breathing without insurance, exactly as driving is handled in California
13. It forces folks, therefore, to finagle for themselves that which they frankly can't afford in the first place, hardly the HELP they were promised or expected
14. Obamacare as presently composed bends the COST CURVE the wrong way---SIGNIFICANTLY, said Elmendorf of CBO
15. It includes cruel and crippling CUTS to MEDICARE and MEDICAID, seriously scaring our seniors, without whom NO political progress can ever be possible
16. It looks to END OF LIFE COSTS for sinister savings, again panicking our parents
17. The townhall attendees have shown themselves to be remarkably WELL INFORMED about exactly what's going on within the legislation
18. It taxes medical benefits, ala John McCain, which cost the slightly fossilized senator expansive support last Summer
19. It taxes 8% small businesses who can't afford to offer coverage for their crews, bound to bankrupt many in TIMES like THESE
20. It slaps a several thousand dollar "surcharge" on earners over 250G, couples over 350, a prodigious problem politically
21. It effectively expands coverage to ILLEGALS since the HELLER AMENDMENT, legislation's only viable ENFORCEMENT, via E-VERIFY, was voted down in Rangel's Ways and Means, July 17
22. It changes the public funding of ABORTION, bluedog bugaboo, a still RED HOT topic in the Senate
23. The IRONY is this---THE LION, Senator Kennedy himself, picture of PRAGMATISM and COMPROMISE, would NEVER have adopted this universalist, one-size-fits-all approach employed by our IDIOT IN CHIEF
24. No, the would-be Eponymous Senator would instead have tried for and GOTTEN what was within reach---pre existing conditions, portability, the option to purchase coverage across state lines
25. The moral, however, is---why would anyone consider that this incarnation of controversy could accomplish from the crypt that which he could never carry thru when kicking?
Dems Pushing for Health Care Reform Say 'Win One for Teddy' - ABC News
Democrats are hoping that the memory of Sen. Ted Kennedy will revive the Democratic Party's flagging push for health care reform.
You've heard of 'win one for the Gipper'? There is going to be an atmosphere of 'win one for Teddy,'" Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, told ABC News.
Democrats are hoping that Kennedy's influence in death may be even stronger than it was when he was alive as they push for President Obama's top domestic priority. Democratic officials hope that invoking Kennedy's passion for the issue will counter slippage in support for health care reform.
"Ted Kennedy's dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a statement.
Pelosi's sentiment was echoed by former vice president Al Gore who served with Kennedy in the Senate.
To infuse Kennedy into the health-care debate, Democrats are planning to affix the former senator's name to the health-care legislation that emerges from Congress.
The idea of naming the legislation for Kennedy has been quietly circulating for months but was given a new push today by Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., the only person who served with Kennedy for all his 47 years in the Senate.
"In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American," Byrd said.
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Health, Education and Labor Pensions Committee chaired by Kennedy, has been the panel's point person on health-care reform in Kennedy's absence. Today Dodd said that he hopes Kennedy's death will revive a spirit of bipartisanship.