In another excellent article on the health care debate, the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Janet Adamy, together with Neil King get at the essence how, in the Journal’s words, Obama’s Health-Care Push Went Astray (Via Instapundit).
In brief, the Administration went after the groups Obama decried in the campaign–and whom he (and his allies) continue to attack on the stump–insurance companies and “special interests” and bypassed a direct appeal to the people*:
They expended great effort to line up the support of health-care insurers, pharmaceutical makers and care providers, believing that by keeping them around the table, they could win over Republicans and stop the kind of industry-led attacks that helped sink the Clinton plan. But this strategy left out the wooing of public opinion, which was being affected by broader events, including the economic crisis and anger over bank bailouts. . . .
The president’s focus on wooing groups often brought fewer benefits than he expected. The seniors’ lobby AARP backed him, but that prompted loud complaints from AARP members worried about Medicare cuts.
And this focus on “wooing groups” also helps expose the hypocrisy at the heart of the Obama Administration, so well documented in Michelle Malkin’s best-selling book.
*No wonder the President is making a new speech to Congress (to be telecast to the nation).