Sanity Injection

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Health care? It’s the economy, stupid.

Posted by sanityinjection on July 9, 2009

I commend to your attention this superb piece by Jay Cost over at Real Clear Politics. Cost’s main forte is statistical election analysis, but in this piece he examines the Obama Administration’s priorities and suggests that the President is making a mistake in trying to expand health care coverage while the conomy is still in crisis.

To briefly summarize Cost’s analysis: He argues convincingly that America elected Obama primarily to fix the economy. He then criticizes the President for allowing the Democrats in Congress to craft a stimulus bill that would not meet the goal of a short-term boost ot the economy (as we are now seeing all too clearly) and ramming it through so quickly that there was no opportunity to improve it. Now he’s trying to move health care legislation while voters are still waiting for the promises made when the stimulus bill was passed to be fulfilled. Cost argues that by misreading what is most important to American voters, Obama runs the risk of damaging his political fortunes along with those of the Democrat Party.

It’s not that health care reform is not needed. It’s that you have to clean up one mess before you create a new one 🙂

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One Response to “Health care? It’s the economy, stupid.”

  1. i-love-things-that-sparkle said

    In the last sentence, are you talking to the current administration or to a 3 year old? Ha! Sadly, it sounds the same. Maybe Obama should go back to preschool to figure out the proper way to take care of business!

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