Obamas Health Reform Waterloo

Obamas unwillingness to lead on this issue will doom his health care plan. There is obviously no way Congress is going to shake off its corrupt leech-like attachment to corporate sponsors and their cash-spreading lobbyists, but had the new president wanted to make a historic mark and cruise to victory in 2012, he could have, like President Lyndon Johnson before him in his campaign for Medicare in 1965, put himself solidly behind a single-payer plan and made the case that it could cut Americas collective health bill in half while opening the door to every American.

Instead, hes likely to end up with worse than nothing–that is with even more uninsured Americans come 2012, and with health care costs moving up as a share of GDP–and could well find himself out of a job. The policy that his handlers, like White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel, had conceived of as Obamas ticket to re-election, health care reform, could well prove instead to be his Waterloo.

That is if his adoption of a policy of expanded war in Afghanistan–another example of a failure to lead–doesnt prove to be this presidents bigger policy disaster.

Dave Lindorff | CommonDreams.org