Brzezinski: Obama's Healthcare Squeeze May Fail

Monday, 20 Jul 2009 03:48 PM

By Dan Weil

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MSNBC newscaster Mika Brzezinski says President Obama is putting too much pressure on Congress to enact healthcare reform and thus may fail.

“I thinking there’s this sort of gun to your head feeling (about) the stimulus, the bailout, and I think there may not be so much of an appetite for something to be rushed through,” she said on the air, referring to healthcare.

“No you look at the stimulus. I’ve got some op-eds today… It’s like thanks for rushing, what has it done? Do we need this again now in terms of healthcare?”

She says, “We’re trying to book Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont, to talk about this, because he has real concerns about Obama-care.”

Brzezinski made reference to a front page story in The New York Times outlining governors’ worries about the expansion of Medicaid in Obama’s healthcare plan.

“Apparently the Democrats as well as Republican governors were voicing deep concerns yesterday about the shape of the healthcare plan emerging from Congress, fearing Washington is about to hand them expensive new Medicaid obligations without the money to pay for them,” she says.

The Obama administration needs the support of governors, “especially from people like Schweitzer who are allies – deep political allies.”

Of course in the end, Congress doesn’t have a gun to its head, which is why there is a good chance no healthcare reform will emerge. It is simply raising opposition from too many constituencies, the governors being one.

A Wall Street Journal story Monday pointed to another: Congressmen from wealthy districts, where residents won’t be too happy about the tax increase Obama wants to charge the rich to pay for the healthcare plan.

And these aren’t even predominately Republicans. Democrats now represent 14 of the nation’s wealthiest 25 districts, according to Congressional Quarterly.

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