For the second week in a row, President Obama addresses his health care initiative this time focusing on cost savings and fiscal discipline.
It is interesting that Obama is getting criticism from both ends of the political spectrum. For example, part of the health care reform may involve a public option that proponents say will increase competitiveness among insurance companies. Opponents say there are more than enough insurance companies in the private sector to fulfill any need for competitiveness. Opponents see the new health care reform paving the way toward a socialist government.
But folks on the far left are not happy either. Part-time comedian, part-time political pundit, Bill Maher tore into Obama on last Friday night’s show complaining that the President was not implementing enough change. One of the areas he cited was health care, where he felt the President was appeasing all the usual fat cat players.
I think the only thing that will differentiate this year’s health care cat fight from that of the 1990’s is that this one will not stall some sort of initiative. Something of some flavor will get implemented during this administration and possibly as soon as this year. Whether it saves us money and improves our care remains to be seen.
And now the President of the United States of America: