Sunday, April 17, 2011

If Kucinich cares about politicians accurately describing their policy initiatives, he should start with healthcare reform

Sorry for the Althouse-esque rambling title, but I don't know what else to call it.

Video of Congressman Dennis Kucinich questioning Governor Scott Walker on the repeal of collective bargaining rights for public sector workers has been shared far and wide by the Governor's opponents.  They have delighted in Kucinich's attempts to get the Governor to admit the repeal of collective bargaining rights was not really a fiscal matter. This is potentially politically damaging for the Governor since he stated repeatedly that an end to these rights was necessary to address the state's budget issues.

I'm all for holding politicians accountable for the statements they make, but the whole time I watched the video, I couldn't help but think of the Obama healthcare reform.  A plan that was presented to the American people over and over again as addressing healthcare costs (remember "bending the curve"?). This was even better than it sounds since healthcare costs were also driving our long term deficit.  Well, even though we now have the ACA, we still have a huge long term deficit problem.

We may have fewer people without health insurance in the future as a result of the ACA, which is a laudable goal, it's just not the goal that the President claimed to be trying to achieve when he touted his health reform proposal.  In the health reform, a bill that really addressed coverage was sold as one addressing costs.

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