Monday, February 22, 2010

President Obama has a "Not losing" strategy on healthcare, not a winning strategy.

Today President Obama unveiled his proposal for Healthcare (insurance) reform, which closely mirrors the Senate approved Health care bill, with a few minor tweaks. He took this most conservative approach, while at the same time 20 Senators have signed a letter wanting the Public Option included in any Healthcare Bill signed into law. If President Obama had a "winning strategy", he would have put that into his proposal as well. But his strategy is clearly in a "not losing strategy". It is very difficult, if not impossible, to put up a "win" in healthcare reform, if he isn't trying to win. Let me give you an example using the Olympics as the metaphor.

In the contest yesterday between the US and Canada's hockey teams, the US had a winning strategy, not a not losing strategy. The US took the game to Canada by continually bringing the puck to Canada's Goal Keeper in almost all 3 periods. This lead to more scores than Canada going into the 3rd period. If they were playing defense and surrounding their own Goal keeper to prevent Canada from ever scoring, they would have lost the game. Defensive postures rarely result in wins. I must admit in the last few minutes of the 3rd period, the US did start playing defensive and that was when Canada scored on them and I was thinking they might lose their advantage and the game. But they came through in the end. Just for once I would like to see President Obama put it on the line and go for victory on something, anything, and let it all hang out. Healthcare reform is as good a cause as anything. But I am afraid he is still playing a "not losing" game with his latest proposal, which ha nothing of his own mark on it. It is merely the Senate version of the healthcare plan. Where's the backbone Mr. President?

By the way, CONGRATS to the US Hockey team and Coaches. And Canada, you were good too and have nothing to be ashamed of. You gave us all an entertaining evening. Good luck to all in the rest of the Games.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

update on ZSL?

1:03 PM  

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