While on business in Washington, D.C. today, I walked down Pennsylvania Avenue and peered into the White House. How is President Obama going to posture his sure defeat of his health care agenda? As a health care attorney I spend a lot of time with hospital leaders and health care policy makers. In private conversations I am not hearing any of them say they see any real solutions to America’s health care crisis in Obamacare. (Of course, no one knows exactly what Obamacare really is – apparently it’s whatever Congress passes on health care insurance reform that the president will sign.)
My friend Hugh Hewitt writes today about Obama’s desperate attempt to rally the nation by rallying his loyalists in the media. (Note in particular Hugh’s photo montage of the interviews – not something you’ll ever see in the New York or Los Angeles Times.) An excerpt:
The reason behind President Obama’s frantic retail television yesterday has to be that every debate over Obamacare everywhere in the country has to be going just as mine did. Proponents of Obamacare from the president down to Obamacare advocate in a two person discussion on a park bench are not just losing the argument. They have lost it. Decisively. And no series of interviews, no matter how gentle the questions or advantageous the setting, are going to persuade anything close to a majority of Americans that it makes sense to trade in their health care for whatever it is that the president, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have behind Door Number 3.
Syndicated Radio Commentator Hugh Hewitt
Never before has a President of the United States so obviously tried to “work the media” as President Obama has on health care. He began with an “Evening at the White House,” when Charlie Gibson was allowed to actually broadcast the ABC Evening News live from within the White House in exchange for an exclusive ABC “town hall” on health care that same evening. This weekend, each major Sunday news program gladly welcomed the President — simultaneously! His message was the same to each: He was stumping to raise the deficit another trillion dollars to fund his vision of health care in America.
Hugh also sees through this broadcast blitz, and focuses on the growing urgency of Afghanistan in today’s post. Take a look.