11:22 AM, Jun 17, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Tom Daschle, President Obama’s original choice of secretary of Health and Human Services, confirmed yesterday that the motivation behind creating Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IBAP) was to vest power in an unelected body that is sufficiently insulated from the American people.
Politico reports: “Former Majority Leader Tom Daschle debated former Sen. Judd Gregg over health care reform at the AHIP conference yesterday, and said the IPAB was a key piece of reform because congress would not be able to make the tough decisions when it comes to Medicare. ‘I can’t think of anything in the ACA [Obamacare] that is more important than ultimately giving some real authority to someone to make these tough decisions,’ he said.”
Congress, of course, already has the authority to make “tough decisions” that fall within the federal legislative power, whether or not it chooses to exercise it. So this is really about “giving some real authority” to an unelected body that is not directly accountable to the American people, and whose decrees cannot even be overturned by a majority vote of each house of Congress and the president’s signature.
As Politico reports, Gregg echoed Daschle’s sentiments: “Gregg agreed, insomuch as there were certain things Congress couldn’t do, specifically any policy around end-of-life care. ‘There is no way, in a populist system that you can discuss the last six months of life. It’s impossible. You do need some insulation from the political system to turn and address some of these complicated issues.’”
Federal power needs to have some “insulation” from our “political system” — from our “populist system” — so that it can make binding determinations about Americans’ end-of-life medical care? On multiple levels, this isn’t quite how the Founders viewed it.
Remember when, during Super Bowl interview II, Obama admitted that he “would have loved nothing better than to simply come up with some very elegant, you know, academically approved approach to health care….But that’s not how it works in our democracy. Unfortunately what we end up having to do is to do a lot of negotiations with a lot of different people.”
Obama’s solution to our “unfortunately” democratic system? IPAB.
The South Dakota senator looks back on his brief stint as majority leader.Dec 29, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 16 • By JON LAUCK
Like No Other Time
The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed America Forever
by Tom Daschle
A Weekly Standard Exclusive: The Senate minority leader is ordered to stop calling himself a Catholic.12:00 PM, Apr 17, 2003 • By J. BOTTUM
TOM DASCHLE may no longer call himself a Catholic. The Senate minority leader and the highest ranking Democrat in Washington has been sent a letter by his home diocese of Sioux Falls, sources in South Dakota have told The Weekly Standard, directing him to remove from his congressional biography and campaign documents all references to his standing as a member of the Catholic Church.
This isn't exactly excommunication--which is unnecessary, in any case, since Daschle made himself ineligible for communion almost 20 years ago with his divorce and remarriage to a Washington lobbyist.
Calling for "regime change" in America is only one of the Democratic candidate's problems.Apr 21, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 31 • By NOEMIE EMERY
IT'S NOT OFTEN that you see an American commit hari-kari in public, but that's what John Kerry appears to have done. In one thrill-packed day--April 2--in New Hampshire, he managed to (1) blame George W. Bush for the train wreck in the U.N.
During Bill Clinton's showdown with Saddam Tom Daschle was all for American unity. Now he's attacking George W. Bush, and his voice is carrying all the way to the Middle East.7:20 AM, Mar 19, 2003 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The minority leader's attack on George W. Bush puts him in the dubious company of Charles Lindbergh.11:00 PM, Mar 18, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
SENATOR TOM DASCHLE'S attack on President Bush on Monday was unprecedented for the leader of the opposition party in Congress, but high-profile Americans have a long history of getting it wrong on matters of war and peace. Most famous among these is Charles Lindbergh, who help found the America First Committee in September of 1940.
From the March 17, 2003 issue: The Democrats were all for unity against Saddam--when Clinton was president.Mar 17, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 26 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
"DEMOCRATS LAMBASTE BUSH ON IRAQ." So declared the front page headline in the Washington Post the morning after the president's press conference.
From the February 10, 2003 issue: The Senate minority leader's responsibility gap.Feb 10, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 21 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
MUCH OF THE WORLD focused last week on Saddam Hussein's continuing failure to comply with U.N. demands for disarmament, and on President Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle had a different agenda. He spent the week undermining the president by questioning his honesty.
Last Monday, chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix addressed the Security Council. He detailed the many examples of Iraq's refusal to comply with U.N. Resolution 1441. The same day, Daschle spoke to a roomful of journalists at the National Press Club.
What unites the Democrats? A cartoonish view of Republicans.Jan 20, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 18 • By NOEMIE EMERY
FINALLY THE DEMOCRATS have found their hot issue: The Confederate heart of George Bush, and of Bill Frist, who by virtue of their membership in the Republican party have indicated their desire to live in a slaveholding past. Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Pelosi--to name just three prominent Democrats--have delivered themselves of the judgment that Republicans and those who vote for them are all closet racists. The demise of Trent Lott was only a smokescreen to hide this dark secret.
What Al Gore's departure from the 2004 field means for the Democratic party.11:00 PM, Dec 15, 2002 • By FRED BARNES
THE IMPORTANT THING about Al Gore's decision not to run for president in 2004--other than the decision itself--is the debate it will unleash inside the Democratic party, both during next year's run-up to the primaries, and in the 2004 primaries themselves. That debate will be about war: war against Iraq, the war on terrorism, indeed war itself as a tool of national security and a path to democratization. And it will be a lively, emotional, instructive, and perhaps even bitter debate, exactly the sort of debate the Democratic party needs.
With Gore gone, Sen.
Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Tom Daschle, and their fellow Democrats try to explain why their party floundered in the 2002 elections.11:00 PM, Dec 8, 2002 • By FRED BARNES
WHEN FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON addressed the Democratic Leadership Council the other day, he declared it "unconscionable" what Republicans had done in attacking now ex-Senate majority leader Tom Daschle. And, yes, Clinton was serious. He was repeating what has become a Democratic talking point. But like other staples of the party's rhetoric, the tale of abuse of Daschle is a myth.
It's one of six myths I've spotted--there are probably more I've missed--that Democrats have been repeating since their election losses a month ago.
From the December 2, 2002 issue: Tom Daschle's revealing attack on Rush Limbaugh.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL, FOR THE EDITORS
AFTER AN ELECTORAL LOSS, sour grapes is a normal response. Few politicians are big enough to manage a nobler one. A political candidacy puts forward a set of ideas about how a decent society ought to be run; a political defeat hands power to people who don't share the losing candidate's goals, and may not even understand them. That is why politicians so often react to defeat with outright incomprehension.
The 2002 election, Hawaii, New Jersey, Democrats, porn, and more.11:00 PM, Nov 10, 2002 • By
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To me, a 25 year USAF veteran and recent retiree, the most significant aspect of the offensive use of the Predator detailed in Christian Lowe's article (A New Breed of Predator) is that it was initiated not by any of the U.S. armed services, but by the CIA.
Jeb Bush defied Democratic pundits with a convincing victory in Florida. Does he go to the head of the class for 2008?12:55 AM, Nov 6, 2002 • By LEE BOCKHORN
Tim Russert: Now, you said in The New York Times last week, "Jeb Bush is gone." You want to take those words back?
DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe: Of course not. I'm very excited about what's going on in Florida.
Russert: He's going to lose, guaranteed?
McAuliffe: Yep. That is why the president was down there yesterday for his 13th visit. People in Florida are energized. They've already started the early voting. And if you look at Broward and Dade counties, there are lines already, huge lines, people--record vote coming out in Florida . . .
A memorial service for Paul Wellstone becomes a DNC pep rally as the Democratic party reaches a new low.1:10 PM, Oct 30, 2002 • By FRED BARNES
FIRST, Democrats in Minnesota used the death of Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone in an attempt to silence the Republican Senate candidate, former St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman. Then, they turned a widely televised memorial honoring Wellstone into a partisan political rally for electing ex-vice president Walter Mondale to Wellstone's Senate seat.