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Pundits & Editorials

Broder sees a disconnect between Republicans and business, while Schumer argues against individual mandates. Plus: Collins chides Rangel.

October 8, 2009

David S. Broder wonders "why the initial broad support from American business for overhauling the health-care system has not translated into more than a handful of votes from Republicans in the House and Senate."

• In the Washington Post, Martin Feldstein, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, lays out a health care plan that he says would "not involve the higher government spending and increased regulation that characterize the proposals being discussed in Congress."

• "If Congress fails to pass comprehensive health reform this year," Nicholas D. Kristof suggests that "its members should surrender health insurance in proportion with the American population that is uninsured."

 

Karl Rove predicts that Democrats are going to lose big in the 2010 midterm elections because of their efforts on health care reform.

• "Properly drawn, reform promises a big plus for every generation: a stronger U.S. economy. Soaring health care costs are eating American businesses and consumers alive," Froma Harrop maintains.

• In Politico, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., urges his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to "guarantee" that Medicare "is able to adapt to the changing health needs of our seniors."

USA Today says individual mandates are "vital to repairing the nation's dysfunctional health care system."

• In an opposing view, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., counters that "forcing middle-class families to purchase insurance plans they cannot afford is simply not a good solution."

Steve Chapman thinks the claims that President Obama is a socialist are unfounded.

Gail Collins wants Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., stripped of his Ways and Means Committee chairmanship because of the corruption allegations against him, remarking that "this is a test of whether the Democrats will follow through when it's really, really hard."

E. J. Dionne Jr. says the administration needs to implement another stimulus to create more jobs.

Roger Cohen senses that the financial meltdown has put Americans in a "different mental place... The challenge" Obama "faces is how to manage reduced expectations."

• The Wall Street Journal doesn't like the idea of Congress creating a Consumer Financial Protection Agency, led by a consumer "czar," who the board likens to a "monster."

• The New York Times is "disheartened" Congress isn't giving "serious thought to curtailing some of the excessive powers it granted to" the Bush administration under the Patriot Act.

David Ignatius sees an "Obama Doctrine" forming in the president's foreign policy, but he doesn't think "this lawyerly framework" has been applied to the "really tough issues, such as what to do in Afghanistan."

• The Washington Post thinks the administration's plan to not increase troops in Afghanistan would "repeat the strategic errors of the Bush administration."

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