Who Needs Enemies

President Obama's friends spent the weekend throwing him under the bus, an activity that Barack is well familiar with.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he doesn't regret voting for President Barack Obama in in 2008.
Wow. That's reassuring!
“It was the right choice when the nation voted for him. He has done some things that have helped the country a great deal,” Powell told CBS host Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation." “I’m afraid he put too much on the plate for the American people to absorb at one time.”
How's that for qualified support? But criticism is not just coming from the other guy who could have been a transformational president. Governors have been conventioning over the weekend, complaining about how Obama has screwed things up.
Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas urged Obama to focus more on the economy and limit his actions on the health care system to changes that would bring down the cost of medical treatment in the United States.
But the Dems are gearing up for another health care push!
He called Obama's poll numbers "terrible" in Arkansas because voters don't think he's focused on their top priority, the economy. "People are unhappy," he said. "Now, in fairness, he didn't create this problem, but they want to see him fix it."
Why, after having been kicked up and down the street on health reform, are the Dems still pushing it?
While praising the White House's communication's efforts, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered this advice to Obama: "Rapidly decide what we're doing on health care and then move to jobs and the economy."
Rapidly? Methinks it's too late for that! Even Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania says the president has been losing the PR war since day one.
Several Democratic colleagues agreed, and lamented that voters thought Obama focused too much on overhauling the U.S. health care system. Others fretted that Obama may appear to be out of touch with the concerns of Americans. "I think he's got more work to do on that," said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, an Obama friend and ally.
Wow. With friends like Governor Patrick, what does the president need with Republicans?
"If you don't know what happens at the point where policy touches people, you've got a problem," the Massachusetts governor said.
But who can argue with Deval? Obama does have a problem - in a dire economy, he spent the better part of a year fixated on a massive health care overhaul. Instead of the socialist takeover, voters would have been happy to see the cost issue attacked.
"The bottom line is that the status quo is good for the insurance industry and bad for America," Obama said in his weekly radio and internet address. "Over the past year, as families and small business owners have struggled to pay soaring health care costs, and as millions of Americans lost their coverage, the five largest insurers made record profits of over $12 billion."
Harvard Professor David Cutler, an adviser to the President on health care, joined Tom Finneran and I on our morning show on WRKO in Boston last week. He posited that a third of health care dollars are waste and inefficiency.
Think about what a typical nurse does each day... a third of her time is spent documenting things. Not providing patient care...
This is from one of the big government guys. But even he doesn't want to do the obvious - attack costs alone, then see how much the other problems lessen.
20% of people who are on the Medicare program who are in a hospital come back again for the same condition within 30 days, and many of those folks never saw a doctor or a nurse once they left the hospital.
Professor Cutler insists the cost cutting measures are in the bill. But I couldn't get a good explanation as to why having the government cover everyone is the goal instead of making care more affordable.
The national average premium for a family is about $13,000. Think about what that one third means. That means just from your premium, there's about three or four thousand dollars of that money is not doing you any good.
Don't ever doubt that this big government health care proposal is not being pushed because it's good policy - it's being pushed because it's their policy. Listen to the Cutler interview here.