Friday, September 27, 2013

Brinksmanship

Starting in 2008 ...
Obama:
We’re going to create a Medicare For All plan.

Republicans:
You can’t do that. It’ll hurt the insurance industry

Obama:
Ok, we’ll keep private insurance, but offer a public option alongside.

Republicans:
No public option. Private insurers can’t compete with that.

Obama:
Ok, but we’re not going to mandate that people buy insurance.

Republicans:
You have to have a mandate. That keeps costs down.

Obama:
Ok, we’ll do that.

Republicans:
You can’t. It’s unconstitutional.
Several years and one re-election later …
Republicans:
We’re going to shut down the government and destroy the country’s credit rating unless you dismantle your health care bill.

Obama:
I can’t do that.

Republicans:
What?!?! Why can’t you compromise?

2 comments:

Bill Costa said...

As the Brit's say "Brilliant".

Peter Davis said...

At the time, I was still hoping we would not actually go over the brink, but ...