Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cutting deals

Rahm Emanuel, the President's Chief of Staff, was Bill Clinton's Political Director. And Rahm Emanuel's take away from Bill Clinton's failure to get health insurance passed was 'don't get on the wrong side of the insurance companies.' So their strategy was cut a deal with the insurance companies, the drug industry going in. And the deal was, we're not going to attack your customer base, we're going to subsidize a new customer base. And that script was pre-cooked so it's not surprising that this is what comes out the other side.
--Robert Kuttner talking with Bill Moyers and Matt Taibbi

Cynical? You bet I'm cynical.

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--the BB


Ellie Finlay said...

Interesting. I came over here after just reading the transcript of that Bill Moyers interview.

Cynical? Yeah, me too.

(And it's all very sad. And sickening. At the same time.)

Anonymous said...


I still wish we Americans could have single-payer, universal health care. I'm sure we could find a way to make it work.

Paul said...

If we started acting like a civilized nation we might rise to the standards thereof. American exceptionalism serves us ill.