by Max Brantley
John Brummett invited outgoing U.S. Rep. Marion Berry to amend/expand an unflattering comment about President Obama's role in the health care debate. He expanded. He's not impressed by the Obama team.
His compelling point is that the Blue Dogs were proven right — and by a state, Massachusetts, with nary a Blue Dog in sight.
They were right not only about holding the line on the deficit, but also about how health care reform could be done for less cost and in a simpler bill of 30 pages of so.
Berry himself has filed a bill in several congressional sessions to require that Medicare negotiate drug prices, permit prescription drug re-importation, let people over 55 buy into Medicare and protect pre-existing conditions from denial of coverage for those over 55 choosing to go into Medicare.
He’s wondering what would have been so wrong with going that route. He says optional Medicare at 55 at no expense to the government was popular until the mood got poisoned.
If there's any good news on the national political scene it's the signs of ideological and leadership turmoil in the ranks of the normally precision goose-stepping of rigidly disciplined Republican politicians. See, too: Ark. Senate primary.