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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How to Select an American President: Progressive Insurrectionist

How to Select an American President: Progressive Insurrectionist: Americans today are ostensibly divided into different camps. There are different ways to define and segregate the audiences. While I conside...

How to Select an American President: My Worst Day as an American

How to Select an American President: My Worst Day as an American: I can't get over it, and won't accept it. Donald Trump's behavior and history are so morally corrupt that he cannot be tolerated...

How to Select an American President: Renewing Manufacturing America

How to Select an American President: Renewing Manufacturing America: A part of President-elect Donald Trump's plan to "Make America Great Again" includes focussing on making domestic manufacturin...

Renewing Manufacturing America

A part of President-elect Donald Trump's plan to "Make America Great Again" includes focussing on making domestic manufacturing competitive. Increasing competitiveness results from several things:

1. Restraining costs
2. Sustaining best product quality
3. Ensuring and enforcing fair trade rules

The government is about the business of creating an optimal environment in which individuals and their corporations can thrive. The government is about optimizing return on national resources. It is also about developing national resources including people and natural resources.

The modern paradigm governing public and private performance is called "triple bottom-line." That is, aggregate performance is measured in three dimensions:

1. Economic responsibility
2. Social responsibility
3. Environmental responsibility

In America, economic performance is a product of public and private partnerships. All government and business enterprises are corporations that are governed by laws and regulations. A President of the United States is the executive leader of the federal government enterprise and can modify, retire, and replace and eliminate laws and regulations subject to Congressional approval.

Otherwise, a President leads the effort to manage the business rules that govern all enterprises. Business rules that are embodied in laws and regulations carry a cost. They may also provide incentives for what is determined to be strategically positive performance. They include constraints and punishment for deficient performance.

In America, there is regulated capitalism. Unrestrained capitalism would have the business and industrial corporations maximizing profits and maximizing markets at the expense of clean air and water, for instance. They may produce products that compromise safety. History shows that is true. Therefore, laws and regulations are necessary to mitigate errant performance that may not be regulated by consumers alone.

Other instances of the necessity for government intervention in capitalism include worker health and safety. It includes protection for workers and their right to organize and express their contracts collectively.

The structure of business rules extend into the global environment and include consideration for finance and banking as well as the environment and competitive working conditions.

The modern paradigm is to pursue sustainable economies from the bottom up. That is, the challenge for local community viability is to achieve the justification for their existence by demonstrating value-adding worth in the greater context. Local performance is based upon local economic systems and networks among public and private enterprises.

Manufacturing products that are superior in market performance begins with unique and exceptional design, engineering, and production as well as logistics and distribution, marketing and sales.

Manufacturing products includes a pyramid of goods and services, leading to the final assembly of parts into finished products.

In my lifecycle of work experiences, I have been engaged in nearly every type of enterprise including all types of manufacturing. I have learned the strategic importance of having robust domestic manufacturing capabilities for several reasons:

1. The manufacturing industry is a primary source for progressive capability development and upward mobile opportunity for individuals including entrepreneurs and workers.

2. Manufacturing is strategically essential to national security because it ensures domestic skill, knowledge, experience, proficiency and capacity to produce a hierarchy of advancing technologies.

3. American industrial policy has permitted the dangerous erosion of manufacturing capabilities that includes the loss of knowledge and skills essential to competitive performance throughout all levels of the manufacturing and production processes.

Renewing Manufacturing America is, therefore, a strategic imperative.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How to Select an American President: Temperament vs Character

How to Select an American President: Temperament vs Character: Presidential historian, Doris Goodwin said to David Axelrod, "I think overcoming adversity is an extraordinarily important trait for a...

Temperament vs Character

Presidential historian, Doris Goodwin said to David Axelrod, "I think overcoming adversity is an extraordinarily important trait for a leader." She also described "the positive transformations some of our presidents underwent after being struck by tragedy -- FDR's polio made him feel more connected to people; Lincoln's bouts of depression made him more empathetic; Teddy Roosevelt's personal losses gave him needed perspective." Donald Trump had large financial losses that he overcame with help from the US tax code. Apparently, that counts.

In my new book, How to Select an American President by James George with James Rodger (c)2017, Archway Publishing, there is the consideration for presidential candidate behavior. Not being a psychologist, I defer to members of that profession for a certifiable profile of candidates, similar to what many corporations require when hiring high-level executives.

Goodwin is not a behavioral scientist either. What is the difference between "temperament" and "character?"

Temperament may be defined as the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition. If one reviews President-elect Donald Trump's history of temperament, you will discover a consistent pattern of disruptive behavior that is often mitigated with intervention and assistance of powerful people to cover and absolve his wayward mistakes. You can verify that yourself and may have witnessed such behavior during the campaign.

What is character? Character is the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. To understand the composition of such things: qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity, requires professional assessment.

"Character matters: Character dimensions’ impact on leader performance and outcomes 
Gerard Seijts 
Article (PDF Available) in Organizational Dynamics 44(1) · January 2015: DOI: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2014.11.008 
In a recent commencement address at the Ivey Business School, Domenic Barton, the head of McKinsey Et Co.'s global consulting practice, said: "When we think about leadership we focus too much on what leaders do... and we don't spend enough time on who leaders are the character of leaders." Similarly, in a speech to Ivey students, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, said that "... to restore trust in banks and in the broader financial system, global financial institutions need to rediscover their values... Employees need a sense of broader purpose, grounded in strong connections to their clients and their communities." Few among the hundreds of C-suite leaders and board directors with whom we have discussed this topic in focus groups sessions, conferences, and executive development programs over the last five years, would disagree with them."'_impact_on_leader_performance_and_outcomes

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Monday, November 28, 2016

How to Select an American President: Trump is a propagandist

How to Select an American President: Trump is a propagandist: When the US President and his government engage in propaganda, what does that mean? First, propaganda is information, especially of a bias...

Trump is a propagandist

When the US President and his government engage in propaganda, what does that mean?

First, propaganda is information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. In this instance, Trump would like Americans to believe that he won the popular vote and the electoral vote. According to multiple news sources including the President-elect's tweets, he claims widespread voter fraud propelled Hillary Clinton into the popular vote lead. If that were the case, then why would he not want an investigation?

Here is an email message from the Huffington Post.

"THE AFTERMATH OF DONALD TRUMP'S FALSE POPULAR VOTE CLAIMS The president-elect tweeted Sunday that "millions of people who voted illegally" were the reason Hillary Clinton won the popular vote after responding to a recount push in three states. The tweet appears to be based in a stat circulating from Infowars. And here's how the media plays into tweets like this. [Michael Calderone, HuffPost]"

The headline here is not just about the accuracy of the vote count. If Trump pressed for an accurate count amid allegations of voter fraud, then that would be warranted. Instead, he made a wild claim without any basis in fact. That is propaganda.

Authoritarian, tyrannical leaders employ propaganda. Is history making a repeat here?

"Propaganda in Nazi Germany 

Goebbels, Hitler's chief propagandist 
Goebbels sought to Nazify the whole of German culture, wiping away what Hitler saw as the ‘decadence’ of 1920s Weimar Germany, painting instead a picture of a Germany with traditional values and with Hitler as the beloved F├╝hrer. 
The promotion of Nazi racial policy was at the very centre of Goebbels’s message.
The re-writing of school books and the production of antisemitic books, films and exhibitions supported this policy. 
In 1929, Hitler chose Josef Goebbels as his Minister of Propaganda. Goebbels developed extremely successful campaigns using simple slogans and images repeated over and again in order to win public support for the party. The Nazis spent huge sums on newspapers, leaflets and poster campaigns. 
Once the Nazis came to power Goebbels developed the Nazi’s use of propaganda to even greater effect. He orchestrated large political military ‘rallies’ to build support. These were vast, highly organised events with banners and marching bands. Using his own skills of oratory Hitler appealed to the patriotism of the German people. 
Mass media 
Control of the mass media was at the heart of Goebbels plan as he developed the cult of personality around Hitler. The rallies and Hitler’s speeches were broadcast on radio, purchased very cheaply as they were produced by the state."

Was the election rigged?

First to introduce the idea that the American election system is rigged was President-elect, Donald Trump. That happened when he believed that he might lose.

Pundits and politicians mostly scoffed at the notion of large-scale voter fraud because the facts do not support those accusations. Another variable became apparent when WikiLeaks introduced private emails that they allegedly obtained through Russian sources. US Government Investigators confirmed that indications pointed to efforts by the Russians and sources close to Vladimir Putin to interfere in the American election process.

How were they doing that? First, evidence now shows that there was a concerted "fake news" campaign directed to undermine Hillary Clinton. Other, less conspicuous indicators lay in the cyber world where some computer experts believe that some outside source attempted to manipulate election results at voting locations in the US.

If any political party, elected official, or voters had any indication about the following, the proper action would be to call law enforcement and initiate legal action:

1. Donald Trump alleged widespread voter fraud.

2. Hillary Clinton alleged Russian interference in collaboration with WikiLeaks.

3. Both now claim possible manipulation of results and voter fraud.

Since Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Donald Trump, there are new data and evidence that characterize the process and cast doubt about the outcome.

1. The national vote tabulations indicate that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a significant margin.

2. Indications in some states where the vote count are statistically close point to possible irregularities.

President-elect Trump's response is mixed, claiming that he disputes the national tabulation and claims to be the victor of the popular vote. Why does it matter? It matters because a big win in the popular vote may constitute a mandate for Trump policies that he otherwise would not have.

Trump claims that the national count is inaccurate. If so, then he should call for a recount. He doesn't because he has already won the electoral college vote, and that is definitive.

However, if there is fraud, manipulation, or inaccuracies in competitive states, then a recount is warranted. Before moving on, part of the American process is to get the count correct.

It isn't so much a question about rigging as it is about getting an accurate count of the votes. Is there evidence of wrong-doing?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Progressive Insurrectionist

Americans today are ostensibly divided into different camps. There are different ways to define and segregate the audiences. While I consider the marketing plan for my new book, How to Select an American President by James George with James Rodger (c) 2017, Archway Publishing, it is necessary to gain understanding about who will be most inclined to read it.

I wrote the book as objectively as I could. However, I am a progressive liberal by known definitions.

Author, David Sirota wrote in the Huffington Post saying that being progressive and being liberal are two different things.
"The answer, in my opinion, is no - there is a fundamental difference when it comes to core economic issues. It seems to me that traditional “liberals” in our current parlance are those who focus on using taxpayer money to help better society. A “progressive” are those who focus on using government power to make large institutions play by a set of rules."
Following that distinction, yes, I believe that investing taxpayer money to improve society is acceptable to some extent. I also believe that government must regulate society to ensure that public and private corporations operate by the rule of law and abide by legislated rules.

Therefore, I wrote my book for people who are aligned with those ideas.

Who are they?

Most likely, my audience includes everyone who voted for Hillary Clinton for President and those who are progressive insurrectionists. It could also include conservative insurrectionists to the extent that both want to address the need for changes and improvements in the American Political System. Everything is on the table from fixing parts of it to defenestration.

Using the word "insurrection." is halting because the definition includes a range of possibilities: rebellion, revolt, uprising, mutiny, revolution, insurgency, riot, sedition, and subversion. To be clear, I believe that citizens have every right to criticize and pushback against the major political parties. Both the Democratic and Republican Parties have failed to perform acceptably to produce superior candidates for President. Furthermore, there is a systemic flaw common to both sides about how parties and their constituents evaluate all candidates for elected offices.

As an author and independent journalist, I am not attacking my government or seeking to subvert or overthrow it, not even close. My focus is on the performance of political parties and the behavior of citizen voters where it is essential to make improvements in the process and to develop new standards for acceptable operation.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Importance of Character

Individual character is the mental and moral qualities that define a person. When evaluating candidates for public office, understanding an individual's character is a starting position. Character assessment is a challenging task for voters in a democratic, pluralistic republic. What makes it so?

By way of comparison, when corporations embark upon the task of recruiting and filling management positions, the initiative is supported by human resources professionals. For significant management positions, a corporation may hire a psychologist to help perform an assessment that results in a profile.

The VIA Institute on Character describes "personality" as the total of our psychological makeup and how we uniquely express ourselves in the world. It is the pattern of emotional qualities, behaviors, thoughts, feelings, attitudes and habits that make us who we are. But for many of us, it can be difficult to describe our personality.

When citizen-voters evaluate candidates for public office, what do they have to go on? Otherwise, what are the sources of evidence and facts that define the prospective candidate?

A candidate's resume is the starting position. What have they accomplished in their lifecycle to date? Is there sufficient evidence to support the claims? Does the candidate have references who can provide relevant insight about them? What is relevant?

It may seem obvious, but candidates for public office should not have a legacy of financial and legal difficulties that might compromise their integrity in their position. A candidate should have a clean record. They should not have conflicts of interest. Trusted and certified sources make those determinations and declarations.

What is the process in the American political system that supports voters and ensures candidate viability and integrity?

This is a new avenue for research and evaluation.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

How to Select an American President: What purpose seniority in government?

How to Select an American President: What purpose seniority in government?: Donald Trump wants to "drain the swamp" in Washington. What does he mean by that? Change the leadership Abandon traditions De...

What purpose seniority in government?

Donald Trump wants to "drain the swamp" in Washington. What does he mean by that?
  1. Change the leadership
  2. Abandon traditions
  3. Defenestrate obsolescence
  4. Introduce radically improved systems and solutions
Those are things that executives might intend to do. In the American political system that is a product of the U.S. Constitution governed by laws and regulations, making change begins by understanding the capacity to do so. Constraints include the debt and deficit. Other constraints include time and ability to engineer systems and solutions that manifest in laws, regulations, and processes including enabling people and technologies.

Stacked alongside legacy obligations from which priorities are determined, change and improvement are a discretionary investment.

The starting position for the Trump government includes:
  • Deficiently prepared cabinet
  • Misaligned Executive Branch and Congress
  • Deficient and controversial popular mandate
  • Inexperienced and unknowledgeable President
Underlying this chaotic starting position is a bureaucracy that is staffed by a seniority system with certain rules. The seniority system is also prevalent in Congress. Seniority implies higher rank based on having served longer. Often, that condition portends that the incumbents are more knowledgeable and experienced about how that system works. Of course, there are downsides because when there is an insufficient movement among the senior incumbents, the system stifles upward mobility and progress.

President Trump declared that he wants term limits in Congress, for instance. That is his shot at seniority. It is also a shot at the dynamics that ensure continuity in the performance of government.

The American political system that is our government is not something that a newbie President should be tinkering with lightly.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

How to Select an American President: My Worst Day as an American

How to Select an American President: My Worst Day as an American: I can't get over it, and won't accept it. Donald Trump's behavior and history are so morally corrupt that he cannot be tolerated...

My Worst Day as an American

I can't get over it, and won't accept it. Donald Trump's behavior and history are so morally corrupt that he cannot be tolerated as the President of the United States no matter how the votes are counted. The outcome proves some things.
  • The process of selecting candidates for president is catastrophically flawed and obsolete. 
  • Political parties that govern the process of candidate selection are ineffective and obsolete.
  • There are no standards for evaluating candidates.
  • There is little understanding about the jobs that are sought by candidates by the voters who must evaluate candidates.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Ignorance about our government and process that is essential to selecting and electing superior candidates is without excuse.

The American electorate may not be more ignorant than the past. However, the electorate is not keeping pace with what is needed to select and elect excellent candidates for public office intelligently.

What can be done about it?

Legally, we are stuck with Trump at least for four years. His moral integrity as a person and role model cannot be improved.

We the People can demand improvement from both political parties. We must audit their performance, their systems, and leadership from bottom to top. We must become better educated about what is the need to address the considerable needs of the nation. We must select and elect candidates whose personal constitution aligns with our highest ideals.

I am going to do something about it.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

How to Select an American President: Conspicoulously absent

How to Select an American President: Conspicoulously absent: While it is clear that the Republican Party is hostage to Donald Trump and a separate band of right-wing conservatives, the Democratic Party...

Conspicoulously absent

While it is clear that the Republican Party is hostage to Donald Trump and a separate band of right-wing conservatives, the Democratic Party is in the same bad shape. What they have in common is brand erosion. That is, Republicans have lost the middle ground.

Democrats have a sharp edge among the creative left wing. However, they "manned it" with Bernie instead of Elizabeth Warren. Both are too old for the next move. The party is stuck with old-guard Hillary and all of her personal baggage.

Hillary needs African Americans and Latinos to win, as well as millennial voters. Where is the appeal?

Michelle and Barrack Obama have made an effort for Hillary. You can sense Michelle's heart is in it, but Barack is more passive. Where are those Latino leaders who were present early in the campaign?

Joaquin and Julian Castro could have made a big difference. Where did they go? They stayed home because Hillary left them on the curb.

Where is Lujan Grisham, US Representative from New Mexico and Leticia Van de Putte from Texas?

The real trouble is that most of the up and coming Latinos are Republicans and not Democrats.

Where is Oprah? She is protecting her nest egg and reputation.

Can't leave anyone behind

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Affordable Health Care for all Americans

Who believes that it is a national imperative to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable care? Do Republicans and Democrats believe it? If they do, that should be included in their party platforms and their candidates' manifestos. Let's see.

From reviewing Donald Trump, his view parallels that of the GOP in believing that ensuring all Americans with affordable care is too expensive. He believes that the free market approach is best. That is the more competition among health care insurance providers the lower the cost for all. He believes that insurance should be tax deductible.  He appreciates the Medicare model and wants to protect and expand it. He believes that the Affordable Care Act is a deficient law and that it should be rescinded. The question for him, and for the GOP remains, how will you address the 30 million Americans who could not afford health insurance? What is your legislative solution?

Hillary Clinton has studied the need and problems for many years. Analysis of her concerns seems to segregate the prescription drug cost component from medical services. She believes that children come first and that they should never be without health care. She believes that health provisions should not be up to insurance companies. She believes that health care should be a legislative mandate to employers and individuals such that everyone participates according to their means. She favors a managed-competition model. As it is, Obamacare costs appear to be increasing, and health care in America is deficient when compared with best-in-the-world models. What is your legislative solution?

Donald Trump on Health Care: 
  • The whole of ObamaCare was a fraud. (Oct 2016)
  • Educate public on value of comprehensive vaccinations. (Oct 2016)
  • Lack of mental healthcare is greatest tragedy today. (Oct 2016)
  • Focus on greatest bang for the buck, not public health. (Oct 2016)
  • Let vets see private doctors or VA: that's not privatization. (Sep 2016)
  • Create V.A. mental health division to reduce veteran suicide. (Sep 2016)
  • Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate. (Feb 2016)
  • Removing cross-state barriers solves many insurance issues. (Feb 2016)
  • Taking care of poor sick people isn't single-payer. (Feb 2016)
  • Insurance companies love a lack of competition. (Nov 2015)
  • Stockpile treatments against future pandemics & bioterrorism. (Sep 2015)
  • Ebola virus in America is Obama's fault. (Sep 2015)
  • I'm for vaccines, but in smaller quantities to avoid autism. (Sep 2015)
  • The insurance companies have total control over politicians. (Aug 2015)
  • Don't cut Medicare; grow the economy to keep benefits. (Jun 2015)
  • Make health insurance premiums tax-deductible. (Mar 2015)
  • Save Medicare & Medicaid without cutting them to the bone. (Jan 2015)
  • Increase insurance competition across state lines. (Dec 2011)
  • 1988: Flew sick kids cross-country on his private jet. (Apr 2010)
  • We must have universal health care. (Jul 2000)
  • ObamaCare
  • ObamaCare will never work; repeal it and replace it. (Oct 2016)
  • Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare. (Feb 2016)
  • Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts. (Oct 2015)
  • We didn't have a free market before ObamaCare. (Jun 2015)
  • ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced. (Jun 2015)
  • ObamaCare deductibles are so high that it's useless. (Jun 2015)
  • Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight. (Dec 2011)

Hillary Clinton on Health Care: 
  • Early diagnosis and intervention for mental illness. (Oct 2016)
  • Assisted suicide acceptable with appropriate safeguards. (Jun 2016)
  • Medicare-for-all is not economically feasible. (Feb 2016)
  • No easy answer on end-of-life; but open to listening. (Feb 2016)
  • The VA has failed our veterans & needs to be revamped. (Nov 2015)
  • The science is clear: vaccines work. (Feb 2015)
  • Ebola won't stay confined; put resources into Africa. (Oct 2014)
  • Don’t legitimize end-of-life decision, but ok to help decide. (Apr 2008)
  • Decrease generic drug costs for developing countries. (Apr 2008)
  • Taxpayers pay for drug R&D, not drug companies. (Jan 2008)
  • Need a health care system that manages chronic diseases. (Jan 2008)
  • Universal health care is a core Democratic principle. (Jan 2008)
  • Pledges to support $50B for AIDS relief in US and world. (Dec 2007)
  • Worked on education & welfare in Arkansas but not healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • No parent should be told ‘no’ for healthcare for their kids. (Sep 2007)
  • Local smoking bans ok, but no national ban. (Sep 2007)
  • Outcry if AIDS were leading disease of young whites. (Jun 2007)
  • Electronic medical records save $120 billion in health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Insurers must fund prevention without preexisting conditions. (Mar 2007)
  • Require electronic medical record for all federal healthcare. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase America’s commitment against Global AIDS. (Nov 2006)
  • FDA should compare drug effectiveness--not just safety. (Oct 2006)
  • Supply more medical needs of families, & insure all children. (Jun 2006)
  • Healthcare system plagued with underuse, overuse, and abuse. (Oct 2005)
  • Fought for pediatric rule: new drugs tested for child safety. (Oct 2005)
  • Low-tech low-cost water treatment for developing world. (Nov 2003)
  • Millions uninsured is source of America's healthcare crisis. (Nov 2003)
  • Recommended "managed competition"; not single-payer system. (Nov 2003)
  • Fund teaching hospitals federally because market fails. (Sep 2000)
  • Regulate tobacco; fine of $3000 for every underage smoker. (Apr 2000)
  • Be prepared with defenses against infectious disease. (Oct 1999)
  • Medicare should be strengthened today. (Sep 1999)
  • GOP overwhelmed by her health reform knowledge. (Jun 1995)
  • $100B to get started on healthcare reform. (Jun 1994)
  • Smaller steps to progress on health care. (Jan 2000)
  • 1990s HillaryCare
  • Hillary appointed 8 days after inauguration to health cmte. (Oct 2007)
  • A plan is necessary; but consensus is more necessary. (Sep 2007)
  • 1993:Ambitious role plagued from start by secrecy complaints. (Jun 2007)
  • 1990s plan failed after big pharma & insurance worked on it. (Apr 2007)
  • 1990s healthcare reforms laid groundwork for today’s reforms. (Mar 2007)
  • Still scarred from 1990s reform, but now doing it better. (Feb 2007)
  • 1997: Helped found State Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Dec 2006)
  • More people read my health plan abroad than in the US. (Nov 2005)
  • 1993 health plan initially praised as moderate & workable. (Jun 2004)
  • 1990s reform called “secretive” but had 600 in working group. (Nov 2003)
  • When last Republican backed out, HillaryCare died. (Nov 2003)
  • Despite failure, glad she tried system-wide reform. (Nov 2003)
  • 1994 "Harry & Louise" ads exploited consumer fears. (Nov 2003)
  • 1990s plan based on employer mandate. (Feb 2003)
  • Learned lessons on health care; but hasn’t given up goal. (Aug 2000)
  • 1979: Developed program to deliver rural healthcare. (Aug 1999)
  • OpEd: 1993 debate was highest level ever reached. (Jun 1997)
  • 1994: can't fix just part of problem; it's all or nothing. (Jan 1997)
  • 2008 HillaryCare
  • 2006: If I can't do universal coverage, why run? (Aug 2009)
  • AdWatch: Got health insurance for six million kids. (Mar 2008)
  • Include everyone, to avoid cherry-picking and its hidden tax. (Feb 2008)
  • Healthcare without mandate is like voluntary Social Security. (Feb 2008)
  • Many uninsured are young & don’t think they need coverage. (Feb 2008)
  • Make it illegal to discriminate against sick people. (Feb 2008)
  • Tired of health insurance companies deciding who live or die. (Feb 2008)
  • Universal health care will not work if it is voluntary. (Feb 2008)
  • Mandate insurance AND make it affordable for all. (Jan 2008)
  • Health care tax credit ensures affordability. (Nov 2007)
  • Insurance companies cannot deny people coverage. (Oct 2007)
  • Condemns insurers as motivated by greed. (Oct 2007)
  • American Health Choices Plan: keep yours or pick Congress’. (Sep 2007)
  • Pay for health plan by $52B tax repeal & $77B efficiencies. (Sep 2007)
  • Mandated responsibility by individuals, industry & employers. (Sep 2007)
  • Since 1993, new consensus developed on need for healthcare. (Sep 2007)
  • Include insurance industry in discussions, but rein them in. (Sep 2007)
  • Universal health care coverage by the end of my second term. (Feb 2007)
  • I have the expertise to achieve universal healthcare for all. (Feb 2007)
  • We need a uniquely American solution to health care. (Oct 2006)
  • ObamaCare
  • ObamaCare benefits the insured as well as the uninsured. (Oct 2016)
  • I'll fix ObamaCare; they'll repeal it. (Oct 2016)
  • OpEd: Settling for ObamaCare abandons single-payer. (Jun 2016)
  • Go from 90% coverage under ObamaCare to 100% coverage. (Feb 2016)
  • We worked since Harry Truman to pass healthcare; defend it. (Jan 2016)
  • The Affordable Care Act has had successes. (Dec 2015)
  • States that didn't extend Medicaid drive up costs still. (Dec 2015)
  • Non-employer system better; but don't turn back ObamaCare. (Mar 2014)
  • 2007: recast 1990s disaster as experience to make it happen. (Jan 2010)
  • We need a movement to get healthcare done this time. (Aug 2009)

Health Care, just for fun