President Obama, Please Just Give Up Already

Dear President Obama,

Look, we all like the idea of bipartisanship, it's a lofty goal. However, I think when it comes to health care, bipartisanship needs to go out the window. Stop worrying about Repubicans and get the Blue Dogs in line. Besides, we all know when health care passes and starts working for folks, the Republicans will take credit for it anyway so maybe people will believe it was a bipartisan effort down the line.
Yesterday, you had this to say about Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa:

Now, I think that there are some of my Republican friends on Capitol Hill who are sincerely trying to figure out if they can find a health care bill that works -- Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Olympia Snowe from Maine have been -- (applause) -- yes, I got to admit I like Olympia, too. (Laughter.) They are diligently working to see if they can come up with a plan that could get both Republican and Democratic support.

So imagine my surprise when I read "'Grassley Endorses "Death Panel" Rumor: 'You Have Every Right To Fear'" on the Politics page as the headline on the Huffington Post.

So I followed the link and came upon this

WINTERSET — Americans should be scared of provisions in a health care bill currently in the U.S. House because it will allow the government to have a say in end-of-life decisions, Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley told a crowd of more than 300 Wednesday morning.

“In the House bill, there is counseling for end of life,” Grassley said. “You have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life, you should have done that 20 years before. Should not have a government run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma”

Really? Like seriously? THIS is the guy you cited as really "sincerely" trying to work out something on healthcare? Forgive me if I'm not convinced. And this isn't the first time he's shown a willingness to promote the talking points of the far right that are being used to derail ANY type of health care reform:

This isn’t the first time Grassley has used debunked rumors during the health care debate. Last week he said Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts would not receive quality care for his brain tumor under President Obama’s health care plan because the care would go to a younger person who can “contribute more to the economy.”

So President Obama, I implore you, please stop wasting your time and effort on these people. We may not like Blue Dogs, but at least they aren't endorsing BS rumors like the "death panels"



P.S. Maybe you should watch this video from the Colbert Report, Johnathan Cohn does a good job of dealing with the "deather" crap:

P.P.S. I get that you needed to at least make the effort, the sane people in this country saw you make the effort, it's safe to move on and get something passed now without them.

P.P.P.S. Give my love to Michelle and the girls :o)
Cross-posted at DailyKos
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