Is it just me, or maybe this notion is just my expression of an idea that has been cropping up in the various blogs I read and news/opinion sites I frequent?
Does it strike other people as presumptuous that with all his pontificating on health care,* the President still hasn’t come forward with a particular plan with specific details of what he intends to do. Instead of legislation (or even a draft of his speech), he delivered a laminated copy of talking points to the legislators assembled to hear his address last week.
With a plan, he could show clearly that this or that provision is not in the bill. And those who oppose the overhaul could identify the particular provisions which concern them.
Yes, I know that today we’re celebrating Constitution Day and it took the delegates an entire summer to hammer out the Constitution, but those pressing for ratification did not do so until after the delegates had agreed on a final document. I know the situations are different. But, one thing is the same, if you’re going to ask for popular support, shouldn’t you have a particular plan you want people to support?
POSSIBLY RELATED**. Megan McArdle finds that Congress has never passed legislation this large without bipartisan support:
I’m reliably informed that the Democrats think they’re better off doing this alone than not doing it at all, and so it has to pass. If so, it will be the first time in history that I can think of that a single party passed anything of this size–certainly not a major new entitlement. Medicare and Social Security both had considerable Republican votes, something I don’t see this time around.
**Or maybe I just think it’s related because I recalled McArdle’s post as I was writing this on. It’s late at night as I write, setting this up to appear at mid-day on the blog.