Bill Clinton is offering Mr. Obama some advice on health care reform.
Former President Bill Clinton says those in his party should ignore any grief from Republicans on health care reform, because the GOP is just waiting for Democrats to "mess up."I wonder if Mr. Clinton has forgotten the 1994 mid-term elections that gave Republicans control of the House.
Clinton told Esquire magazine that lawmakers should put together the best health care measure for President Barack Obama, even if it must be fixed later.
"All we have to worry about is getting things done and doing them as well as we can," Clinton said. "Don't even worry about the Republicans. Let them figure out what they're going to stand for. 'Cause as long as they're sitting around waiting for us to mess up, they don't have a chance."
Skocpol undertook the study just after President Clinton's failed health care reform effort of 1993–94, when Clinton and his fellow Democrats fared poorly in the 1994 elections and conservative Republicans won many seats in Congress. Taking advantage of a timely opportunity, Skocpol decided to examine this very specific case: how the 1993–94 conflicts over health care reform contributed to the larger political turnaround.And what was the key to Clinton's failure?
Skocpol's work resulted in Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn against Government, published by W. W. Norton & Co. in 1996. Using the failed health care reform effort of 1993–94 as a case study, Skocpol gives an overview and an explanation of what happened — or failed to happen — during those policy debates about the role of the federal government in health care.
Privileged middle-class Americans who already had some kind of health coverage began to fear that Clinton's Health Security plan might make their health care more costly and cumbersome. Skocpol says President Clinton assiduously avoided the tax-and-spend modalities of traditional New Deal liberalism — only to fall victim instead to the political pitfalls of substituting regulations for spending.And the Obama Plan? Massive regulation AND massive spending. It is no wonder that people like this lady are up in arms.
Cross Posted at Classical Values