put up, or shut up

Ezra Klein (Washington Post): It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for Republicans. They managed to make it through the health-care debate without offering serious solutions of their own, and – perhaps more impressive – through the election by promising to tell us their solutions after they’d won. But the jig is up. They need a health-care plan – and quickly.

The GOP knew this day would come. In May 2009, Republican message-maestro Frank Luntz released a polling memo warning that “if the dynamic becomes ‘President Obama is on the side of reform and Republicans are against it,’ then the battle is lost.” Repeal, Luntz argued, wouldn’t be good enough. It would have to be “repeal and replace.” And so it was. That, however, is easier said than done.

To understand the trouble the Republicans find themselves in, you need to understand the party’s history with health-care reform…. (see here) …Conservatives once offered solutions competitive with what the Democrats were proposing, but over the past 30 years, they’ve abandoned each and every one of them to stymie Democratic presidents. Confronted with a challenge to provide broader access to better health care at a lower cost, they’re reduced to complaining that those aren’t the right goals for health-care reform…..

…..For decades, Republicans have chosen stopping Democratic presidents over reforming the American health-care system. Now that reform has passed, the solution for members of the GOP is to press the rewind button. They’re about to find out that it’s not enough.

On that much, Luntz and I agree: If the public comes to see the GOP as opposed to reform, “the battle is lost” – at least if you believe “the battle” is to beat the Democrats rather than provide quality health insurance to every American.

Full article here

9 Responses to “put up, or shut up”

  1. 1 Sue in Minnesota
    March 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Ezra Klein is one of a small handful of journalists whose work I value and trust. I hope he stays the course.

    • 2 Anonymous
      March 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      He seemed to lose his way a little during the mid-terms, and was spouting some nonsense over the tax cut deal, but he now seems to have found his way again. He’s usually a reliable source of facts.

  2. 3 Sonjia Duncan
    March 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Republicans need a health-care plan – and quickly. They have Nothing to offer never did and never will. All they care about is their government run and taxpayer paid Health PLan.

  3. 4 Dorothy Rissman
    March 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I have a bit of a crush on Ezra. He is super bright and engaging as a person. Thank you Ezra.

    • 5 Sue in Minnesota
      March 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Dorothy, I’m on the same page…..I find smart wrapped in affability pretty appealing.

    • 6 Tally
      March 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      I’m on the Ezra bus too, and find myself in excellent company! Champagne girls? 🙂

      He was on BIll Maher on Friday, and handed everyone their ass, especially when Bill and Gloria Steinem started whining about, “Why didn’t Obama fight for single payer??” Ezra pointed out that if he had, the bill would have been DOA since that is what EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT who fought for health care reform has done, and they all failed. Obama actually not only got a bill PASSED, he opened a door to major reform that wasn’t there before.

      I think he pretty much kicked it down COP style and put the insurance companies on notice. They’re scared as hell and are still spending billions to get it repealed. (I’m an office manager for a small insurance office for my day gig.)

      Anyway – LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU EZRA. ❤❤❤

      • 7 V C prezOfan2
        March 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        All of you ladies love Ezra? Awright! This means I now have three less ladies to ‘worry’ about in my campaign to win the President!! Yippee! 😀 😀 I’m sure you’re all reasonable and fair, so now I just have to worry about Me4O, Collegekay, Proud of …….

  4. 8 zizi
    March 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Wow! The comments section on that article looks like it comes out of a bad Frankenstein soap opera. Are these commenters hired hands or what?

    • 9 Eleroy
      March 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      There are a lot of paid trolls Zizi and they are paid to flood any articles on the President and First lady with hateful, negative posts!!!

      They even go as far as commenting on international and foreign news and gossip articles trying to discredit the President. Some have multiple screen names and cut and paste same right-wing talking points all over the place.
      Some of the Isreali and English news sites are so sick of these trolls, I think it is actually working against them!!!

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