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Daschle Was Major Player In Hillary-Care

A gentle reminder from the Republican National Committee:

Daschle — From the Archives

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Today, The U.S. Senate Will Hold Hearings For President-Elect Obama’s Health And Human Services Nominee, Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD):

Daschle Will Be Testifying At His Senate Confirmation Hearing On Thursday. "Obama’s choice to lead the reform effort, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, testifies at his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday — beginning a process to change the nation’s healthcare that could be one of the most ambitious and expensive undertakings of the Obama presidency." (David Alexander, "Obama Building Grassroots Support For Health Reform," Reuters, 1/7/09)

Obama Announced That Daschle Will "Be The Lead Architect" Of Health Care Reform In Addition To Serving As HHS Secretary. Obama: "I’ve asked Tom to serve not just as my secretary of Health and Human Services, but also as my director of White House – of my White House Office of Health Reform. As such, he will be responsible not just for implementing our health care plan, he will also be the lead architect of that plan." (Barack Obama, Press Conference, 12/11/08)

Obama Said No One Is "Better Suited To Lead This Effort" Than Daschle. Obama: "I can think of no one better suited to lead this effort than the man standing beside me today. Tom Daschle is one of America’s foremost health care experts." (Barack Obama, Press Conference, 12/11/08)


Daschle "Played A Major Part" In The Failed Clinton Attempt To Reform Health Care In 1993. "He also devotes a section of the book to ‘What Went Wrong And Models For Making It Right,’ with a heavy concentration on the Clinton plan. ‘I think it’s important that we learn the lessons of the past,’ he said … Daschle is well aware of those lessons, having played a major part in the failed campaign for universal health care and learned many of the mistakes that were made from a Capitol Hill perspective." (Erin McPike, "Daschle Warm To Obama Health Role," CongressDaily, 6/5/08)

The Clinton Administration Expected Daschle To Help "Carry The Ball" On Their Health Care Platform. "[Sec. Lloyd] Bentsen and [Sec. Donna] Shalala, joined by the members of the economic team argued against the proposed price ceilings on insurance premiums.  Those so-called premiums caps would be viewed, correctly, as proxies for price controls – and Congress despised price controls. They argued that the alliances were too regulatory, the overall plan too bureaucratic.  And they said that Medicare cuts were too extreme and would cause severe problems, both in urban states like New York and rural ones like South Dakota. These, Bensten knew well, were poten tial time bombs for the Senate Finance Committee, where Democratic senators from those states, Pat Moynihan and Tom Daschle, were expected to carry the ball for the President." (Haynes Johnson and David Broder, The System, 1996, p. 161)

Daschle Was One Of Only Two Democrats On The Senate Finance Committee That Held "Out For The Clinton Plan" Against Other Health Care Proposals In Congress. "[Rep. Jim] Cooper had told [Rep. Mike] Synar that his co-sponsor, Senator John Breaux, was convinced that only two Democrats on Finance – Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine and Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota, Mitchell’s protege and 1995 successor as leader of the Senate Democrats – would hold out for the Clinton plan." (Haynes Johnson and David Broder, The System, 1996, p. 336)

Daschle Was Considered A "Foot Soldier" For The Clinton Health Care Reform Effort, During The Time When The Senate Had Become "Increasingly Hostile To Bi-Partisanship." "The Senate environment was also increasingly hostile to bi-partisanship.  Something new-and destructive- was at work. … It was true that in the clash over health care reform, some senators acted out assigned roles – or roles others suspected them of playing.  Jay Rockefeller thus was regarded by other Democrats as the foot soldier for the First Lady; Tom Daschle of South Dakota as the foot soldier for the Senate Majority Leader Mitchell; Mitchell as the foot soldier for the President’s bill…" (Haynes Johnson and David Broder, The System, 1996, pp. 382-383)

Daschle Pressed For A Vote On The Clinton Plan "To Force Accountability" Among Those Opposed To The Plan. "Tom Daschle of South Dakota, Mitchell’s deputy and soon to be his successor as Democratic leader, was as devoted as anyone to passage; but he conceded in conversations with us that August, because the Democrats lacked consensus on whether to fight or let the issue fade, ‘there is a belief that to have it trail off may be the best approach.’  Daschle was among the senators who argued they needed ‘to force accountability,’ to ‘force the Republicans to vote on something.’ In the end, though, his was a minority view. ‘There is a feeling,’ Daschle added, ‘that we are putting as many Democrats on the line as Republicans’ by pressing for a vote on the unpopular bill, and that feeling was even str onger among House Democrats.   In recalling his private conversations with House Democratic leaders, Daschle remembered, ‘They were just really worried about crawling out there on a limb as they’ve done in the past this close to an election. The votes weren’t there for that.’" (Haynes Johnson and David Broder, The System, 1996, p. 515)


Daschle Is A "Special Policy Adviser" For Prominent D.C. Lobbying Firm, Which Has Earned More Than $16 Million Representing The Health Care Industry During Daschle’s Tenure. "Barack Obama’s expected pick of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to be secretary of health and human services bumps up against the president-elect’s pledge to rid the White House of special interests. The former Democratic senator from South Dakota is a special policy adviser for the lobbying law firm Alston & Bird. And in his three years there, the firm has earned more than $16 million representing some of the health care industry’s most powerful interests before the department he’s in line to lead." (Chris Frates, "Daschle Lobby Ties Bump Obama Vow," Politico, 12/1/08)

Daschle’s Work As A Paid Adviser "Appears To Run Counter To Obama’s Pledge ‘To Free The Executive Branch From Special Interest Influence’" Since According To Obama’s Team, Political Appointees Are Not "Permitted To Work On Regulations Or Contracts Directly And Substantially Related To Their Prior Employer For Two Years." "Daschle is not himself a lobbyist. But he has advised the firm’s clients on health care issues, according to the firm’s website. His work as a paid adviser appears to run counter to Obama’s pledge to ‘free the executive branch from special interest influence.’ No political appointee, Obama’s transition team has declared, ‘will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.’ As health and human services secretary, Daschle would oversee myriad regulations, ranging from the drugs that can come to market to Medi care and Medicare reimbursements." (Chris Frates, "Daschle Lobby Ties Bump Obama Vow," Politico, 12/1/08)

History may not repeat itself.

But stupidity sure does.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Daschle Was Major Player In Hillary-Care”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Hilda Care is equivelent to the Ford Edsel, for its’ size and popularity.

  2. proreason says:

    Healthcare. More opportunity for the Aristocracy to control your life.

    In Japan now, they measure your waistline. If you are too fat by government standards, your healthcare benefits are reduced until you lose weight.

    Next…..monitorring of your sex life.

    • Next…..monitorring of your sex life.

      Now THAT they’ll never do. Remember, it’s a fundamental right to have sex with whomever (or whatever) you please, where and when you please.

      But don’t be surprised if people, like me, who believe contraception is wrong are forced to use contraception or forcibly sterilized, and that couples with more than 2 children are forced to abort and then fixed.

      Sex will only be regulated if you think its purpose is life-giving…’cause, you know, kids are bad for the planet and stuff.

  3. bill says:

    Oh goody, only a 10 month wait for the free maternity ward bed.

  4. GuppyNblue says:

    Somewhere in Europe, there’s a wealthy politician wondering where he will now go to find a competent surgeon. Meanwhile, in a dank room of a Cuban hospital, a little man smiles in anticipation as he rubs the rust from his blades.

  5. heykev says:

    Maybe BHO’s we’ll the plan will include “surgery vacation’s” where we can get our hip replaced or our heart operated on in Bangalore. This way we can avoid the long wait for our needed healthcare.

  6. Steve says:

    For a perfect example of the utter and endless mendacity of our watchdog media, here is an offering from today’s Politico:

    Daschle: Anything but Clinton


    They might sit side-by-side in Barack Obama’s Cabinet room someday, but Tom Daschle didn’t much like Hillary Clinton’s tactics for fixing health care 15 years ago – so much so that he wrote a book critiquing them.

    Now as Obama’s point-person on health care, Daschle’s approach is a simple philosophy of ABC – Anything But Clinton – that he’ll start to lay out at his confirmation hearing Thursday for secretary of health and human services.

    Daschle wants an overhaul plan moving on Capitol Hill by spring. Clinton waited almost a full year. Daschle wants lawmakers to take the lead in drafting it. Clinton kept the job inside the White House.

    Perhaps the biggest change: Daschle is planning a major grassroots push to build public support for his plan outside Washington, possibly with spokesman-in-chief Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN at the helm as surgeon general. Clinton let opponents carry the day with their famed “Harry and Louise” TV spots…


    So the only things that are going to be different are how quickly this boondoggle will be rammed through and how it will be sold to the great unwashed.

    Yes, what a huge difference.

    • proreason says:

      These guys are speeding to implement the whole agenda before the country realizes what a tragic mistake this all is.

      The media won’t tell them, so the only way the country will find out is by seeing the manitude of the failures.

      But by then, the country could have been run over the cliff.

      These are more dangerous times than after 9/11. There was no question we could defeat that enemy. This time the enemy is our own politicians.

      And of course, Obamy is also dimantling the whole national security apparatus Bush put in place that has kept the maniacs at bay for 7 years.

      We really are in a perilous situation with these nutters in charge.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    I went for my photo driver license today.

    G*d help us if we get givernment health care/insurance.


    “bill January 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Oh goody, only a 10 month wait for the free maternity ward bed.”

    Yuk Yuk

    But the worst part is that you’ll have to make a reservation 12 months in advance and they will only keep the paperwork for six months.

  8. Confucius says:

    Democrats do love their Do-Overs.

    • JohnMG says:

      Turns out the Obama administration will be one of the greenest we’ve had to date. I mean, he’s already recycled over 50% of the Clinton appointees. He’s ushering in another attempt at recycling the plethora of bad ideas from that era. Pelosi is undoing the reforms of the last 8 years in congress. All that remains is for this bunch of losers to bring back all the “W’s” they stole from the keyboards when they left the last time.

      These next 4 years are going to REALLY test my resolve.

    • 1sttofight says:

      I am of the opinion that we need to get out of the way and let the dems hang themselves.

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