How are conservatives positioning themselves as the White House pushes to reform health care?
RNC chair Michael Steele spoke today about health care reform. He charged that the President was engaging in a "risky experiment" with his push to change the nation's system of care. The Associated Press is quoting Steele as saying, "Obama-Pelosi want to start building a colossal, closed health care system where Washington decides. Republicans want and support an open health care system where patients and doctors make the decisions..." Note that President Obama says he favors a system in which Government provided insurance competes with private insurers. You can watch the President from back in June when he outlined and defended his vision for health care in a forum hosted by ABC News.
And then there is this...
ABC's Jake Tapper posted on his blog Political Punch this weekend about a comment that's getting some attention. As reported by Politico, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMi nt said on a conference call - arranged by a group called Conservatives for Patients Rights - "If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."
Tapper wrote: "You should expect to hear that quote this week from the White House as they use it to rally their troops, a White House official tells ABC News. Officials will say the people being "broken" are the American people going bankrupt paying for health insurance premiums that increase 10 percent every year, the source says, and that those who want to use this issue to break the president are doing nothing but working for insurance companies and insurance executives."