Ron Fournier at his best.
‘I’m sorry, too, Mr. President’.
‘I’m sorry you couldn’t finesse a single Republican
vote for health insurance reform in 2010’.
‘I’m sorry Republicans decided to re-litigate the
law rather than help implement it, offering no
serious alternative of their own for the nearly 50
million uninsured Americans’.
‘I’m sorry you campaigned for reelection on the
famous false promise: “If you like your health care
plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.
‘I’m sorry your aides debated whether to tell the
full truth (that people could keep their insurance
only if it hadn’t changed and if it met your
standards) and decided instead to institutionalize
‘I’m sorry that when Americans recognized the
deception you tried to reinvent history: “What we
said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since
the law passed.” No, no, no, no, no—that’s not what
you guys said’.
‘I’m sorry you didn’t trust Americans with the
‘I’m sorry that the Democratic Party’s decades-old
chase toward universal health care is now at risk
because your law—your legacy, sir—is off to such a
miserable start. The online networks don’t work and
the people you need bought into the system,
particularly young Americans, can’t access the
market and now may never trust it … or you’.
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in
this situation based on assurances they got from
me,” you told NBC News. “We’ve got to work hard to
make sure that they know we hear them and we are
going to do everything we can to deal with folks
who find themselves in a tough position as a
consequence of this.”
‘Then, work hard, Mr. President, and tell your
administration to do the same’.
‘Tell them, please, to stop blaming Republicans,
insurance companies, and the media—to stop making
excuses and shading the truth’.
‘You must lead by example (the NBC interview was
full of excuses) and create a system of universal
health care that is worthy of your promise’.
“Ultimately,” you told NBC, “the buck stops with
me.” You’re right, sir. Please don’t make us sorry