President Obama must "double up" in use of the presidency's bully pulpit to convince Americans their country's current health care system is unaffordable, or so argues Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.Howie P. S.: know sbe's a Senator and all and is very busy, but it seems I already hear from Obama a helluva lot more than I hear from our junior Senator, on a variety of issues.
"I think the president can help focus the country on controlling costs for the 80 percent of the country that IS insured," Cantwell, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, said in an interview.
"If the president gets back to this message, he will help secure the path for reform, whatever its eventual details," she added.
In short, recapture the argument -- on cost and care.Obama did seem to shift emphasis, in a Thursday radio interview and a rally kicking off the Democratic Party's "Organizing for America" weekend events. He touted "prevention and wellness programs -- That's got to be part of the deal." Interviewed by conservative radio host Michael Smerconish, Obama talked dollars and sense: "The costs of Medicare and Medicaid will bankrupt this country if we don't reduce the cost inflation of health care." As for Cantwell, a test-weary visitor to her Senate office has provided a mantra for what health care reform must do: "I don't want to be 'Medicaided': I want to be cured."
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"Cantwell to Obama: Mr. President, heal thyself"
Joel Connelly (Seattle PI):