John Kerry Throws Ted Kennedy Under The Bus At Beacon Hill Successor Hearing

Liveshot Kerry was in Boston today to shore up support for changing the successor law in order to ensure a 60 vote majority in the Senate.  In true Kerry fashion, he steps in it by tossing Ted Kennedy under the bus.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry said the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy made a mistake in 2004 when he pushed legislators to strip former Gov. Mitt Romney of his power to appoint a successor.

Kerry made the surprising disclosure during an impassioned and emotional testimony supporting a controversial push to allow Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint a temporary U.S. Senator today.

“By writing the letter he wrote and putting himself on the line I think he acknowledged he made a mistake,” Kerry said, adding that if Kennedy asked for the change in the law, he would still support the push if there was a Republican governor.

“It’s not about the party, it’s not about the labels, it’s about (Massachusetts’) best interest,” Kerry added.

Riiight.

I heard a caller on the Michele McPhee show say that someone asked Kerry about missing 96 votes while he was running for president and how come he wasn’t concerned about full representation for us then.

I am looking for audio or video now.  If you find it, please forward to me.

Palin Fires Back At White House

Via Hot Air

Earlier today the White House responded to Palin’s WSJ op-ed with this:

On Gov. Palin’s Attacks

Every non partisan organization that has looked at her claims say they are false. And the ideas in her op-ed are both scary and risky. Eliminating Medicare and giving our seniors vouchers instead is a bad idea that we shouldn’t adopt.

Palin responded and is not backing down a bit:

I’m pleased that the White House is finally responding to Republican health care ideas instead of pretending they don’t exist.[1] But in doing so President Obama should follow his own sound advice and avoid making “wild misrepresentations”.[2] Medicare vouchers would give everyone on Medicare the chance to decide for themselves which health plan to use, rather than leave that decision to government bureaucrats. Such proposals are the kind of health care reform that Republicans stand for: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven.

The White House talking points leave the rest of my arguments unanswered. They don’t respond to the idea that all individuals should get the same tax benefits received by those who get coverage through their employers; that we must reform our tort laws; and that we should allow Americans to buy insurance across state lines. The White House also fails to respond to the Nyce/Schieber study indicating that wages will fall if the government expands coverage without reducing health care inflation rates.

One last thing: after President Obama’s speech tonight, listen for which pundits use the words “false”, “scary”, and “risky” in describing the proposals I put forward. That’s how you’ll be able to tell who the White House counted as “allies” worthy of receiving its talking points.

I’d say that round went to Palin.

Obama’s ObamaCare Speech

I don’t have a full text yet, but his plan includes forcing Americans to purchase insurance, creates an “exchange” and preserves the public option. (I think).

More updates and text coming.

Update #1:

Full text here.

I noticed this retooling of the “you can keep your doctor and health and insurance if you like it” lie.  Now he says this:

“Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”

Nothing requires you to change what you have.  But nothing is stopping your employer from dumping your plan and forcing you onto the public option.

Nothing but nuance, kids.

Update #2 – “He’s dropped the period.”

AP noticed the change in phrasing the uninsured number in this fact check:

WASHINGTON – The change was subtle, but significant. In his speech to Congress on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama gave a more accurate — and less reassuring — account of the impact of his proposed health care overall than he has done in the past. It went by in a blink.

He told Americans that nothing he is proposing will force businesses or consumers to change their existing insurance coverage. That much is true.

It’s also true that nothing in his plan guarantees that policies people have now will continue to be available in the same form. In earlier accounts, he spoke with unmerited certainty in saying people who are happy with their current insurance can simply keep it.

Other parts of his speech repeated some of the oversimplified claims that have marked his salesmanship. A look at some of his assertions Wednesday night:

OBAMA: “Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”

THE FACTS: That’s correct, as far as it goes. But neither can the plan guarantee that people can keep their current coverage. Employers sponsor coverage for most families, and they’d be free to change their health plans in ways that workers may not like, or drop insurance altogether. The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the health care bill written by House Democrats and said that by 2016 some 3 million people who now have employer-based care would lose it because their employers would decide to stop offering it.

In the past Obama repeatedly said, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” Now he’s stopping short of that unconditional guarantee by saying nothing in the plan “requires” any change.

He’s dropped the “period.”

WSJ: Obama Will Push Public Option In Speech To Congress

In his speech to a joint session of Congress tonight, Obama will cater to his base and push a public option.  Even though the majority of Americans are against it, Blue Dog Democrats are against it and Republicans are vehemently against it.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in a high-stakes speech Wednesday to Congress and the nation, will press for a government-run insurance option in a proposed overhaul of the U.S. health-care system that has divided lawmakers and voters for months.

White House officials say the president will detail what he wants in the health-care overhaul, as well as say he is open to better ideas on a government plan if lawmakers have them.

Democratic plans call for requiring most Americans to carry health insurance. Failure to comply could cost families as much as $3,800 a year, according to a new Senate proposal.

The president is likely to say that a government-run insurance plan, known as the “public option,” will not provide a level of subsidies that give it an unfair advantage over private insurers, according to aides familiar with the speech preparations.

Insurers oppose the public option, saying it will lead to excessive government control of health care and could eventually drive them out of business. Republicans say they won’t support an overhaul with a public option, and liberal Democrats say they won’t support one without it.

Over/Under on how many times Queen Nancy will leap out of her seat like a tween at a Jonas Brothers concert?