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August 29, 2009

One-Two Punch On Healthcare

-- by Dave Johnson

Who could have known?

First we learn that there is a big effort by insurance-company lobbyists to use August to portray the health care effort as unpopular. Several lobbyist firms were involved in organizing loud, near-violent disruptions of Congressional town hall meetings, etc.

Then at the end of August we get lots of Republicans saying that we all saw how unpopular health care reform is: GOP senator signals fading hopes on health care,

"I heard a lot of frustration and anger as I traveled across my home state this last few weeks," said Enzi, who has been targeted by critics for seeking to negotiate on legislation. "People in Wyoming and across the country are anxious about what Washington has in mind. This is big. This is personal. This is one of the most important debates of our lifetime."

Gosh, do you think we are seeing a strategy unfold?

Posted by Dave Johnson at August 29, 2009 8:50 AM


Comments

I have to wonder what your point is. The people opposed to the healthcare changes have a strategy? They're organized?

Are the the people who are in favor of the changes rudderless? Are they disorganized?

Is having a strategy bad? Seriously, what's your point?

Posted by: monk [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 30, 2009 12:26 PM

I think we lost this one. Time to start framing the Employee Checkoff debate agenda before the Reps do it.

Our position: unless we pass the Employee Checkoff bill, the US Chamber and Walmart will finally be able to turn the US middle class into a Chinese-style sweatshop. First to go will be the 40-hr week then vacations, then worker safety and min. wage. Professionals and non union workers or even retired people will not be exempt. Unless the checkoff passes, freelancers and professionals like lawyers and engineers, retiree - anybody who does have several million dollars or owns a big company will be jailed if they take vacations or Saturdays off.

This is the framing we need to do NOW.

Bumperstickers:

Don't let the corporations jail your job- pass the Checkoff

Checkoff or China - its your job.

Corporations want you (to work 80 hrs a week)

Posted by: dr o [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 30, 2009 12:28 PM

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