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Daschle and Healthcare Reform



February 04, 2009 – Comments (4)


This won't be political (OK it will, how could it not be, but not in the partisan way).  The bottom line is that Tom Daschle's withdrawal as proposed leader for Health and Human Services is a significant blow to healthcare reform.  I don't disagree with the withdrawal. It was necessary to maintain the ideals of government i.e. the futile but necessary attempt to hold the institution of government to a higher standard than the individuals that populate it.  Still, everything I've heard over the past couple of months in relation to why healthcare reform would be 'different this time' revolved around a strong and impassioned leader of HHS as embodied in Daschle.

That's gone now, and the agenda will indeed lag for it.


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#1) On February 04, 2009 at 10:05 AM, carcassgrinder (34.79) wrote:

We will accept the lag in reform to have the work performed by a person of integrity.  There is no glory in enjoying the fruits provided to you by a crook/liar.

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#2) On February 04, 2009 at 10:24 AM, mandrake66 (51.72) wrote:

I agree with Carcass. Daschle was simply one of the last people I would ever want to shepherd through health care "reform". His interest as an industry lobbyist is to reward whoever wrote him the biggest checks. It's hard to imagine anyone getting the job who isn't compromised in some way, but to start out with the worst person for the job, which Daschle is, doesn't bode well.

I just wish he had been opposed for nomination due to flagrant corruption rather than some bogus tax issue.

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#3) On February 04, 2009 at 10:29 AM, mandrake66 (51.72) wrote:

Required reading on Daschle:

Glenn Greenwald -- The Daschles: feeding at the Beltway Trough

Matt Taibbi -- The Whore Factor

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#4) On February 05, 2009 at 5:34 AM, hsr0601 (< 20) wrote:

People are serious about health, however, their children's education,  future energy, and children's environment including harmful internet contents stand behind it, I think.

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