According to this NY Times article, President Obama’s health care coalition is unraveling. Here’s what the NY Times is reporting:

Two labor unions have pulled out of a broad coalition seeking agreement on major changes in the health care system.

The action, by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union, shows the seeds of discord behind the optimistic talk at a White House conference on health care this week.

It also illustrates the difficulty of reaching agreement on two of the knottiest issues in the health care debate: whether to offer a new government-sponsored insurance option, and whether to require employers to help pay for employee health benefits.

Labor unions and leading Democrats in Congress support both ideas. But insurers and many employers oppose them.

Before his tax troubles, Tom Daschle had put together a blueprint on how to get health care reform passed. Inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom was that the combination of large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and with President Obama at the other end of Pennsylvania Ave., bureaucrat-oriented health care reform would become a reality.

SIDENOTE: This is why I don’t trust inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom.

Mr. Adler, a professional mediator with 30 years of experience, said the coalition had been meeting since September. It tentatively plans to issue recommendations later this month on how to rein in health costs and help achieve the goal of universal coverage. Congress is grappling with the same issues and is struggling to find bipartisan consensus.

Members of the dialogue said they had been unable to reach agreement on proposals for a new public insurance plan or a requirement for employers to contribute to the cost of coverage.

This another major reason why bureaucrat-oriented health care will be difficult to put together. With 18-20 groups and organizations working on consensus-oriented legislation, it’s predictable that there will be major disagreements. That’s why private sector reform is still the best option for health care reform.

Getting 18-20 organizations to agree on consensus legislation is cumbersome. In a coalition that size, there’s always going to be egoes that need satisfying. Ironing out the administrative infranstructure is daunting, too, with people vying for positions in the various agencies.

For the American people, that bickering is done before considering whether the consensus will bring meaningful reform.

SIDENOTE: That’s why I consider bureaucrat-oriented reform to be another RINO– Reform In Name Only.

That’s before we start talking about why President Obama is paying this much attention to health care reform. With the economy in recession and with Wall Street taking a nosedive and with the banking system still reeling because of a lack of leadership, President Obama should be focusing on the economy.

The official reason he’s giving for why he’s paying attention to health care reform is because it’s part of what will lead the economy out of this recession. The real reason he’s focusing on health care reform is to distract our attention away from Wall Street’s free-fall and President Obama’s economic team’s ineptitude.

People aren’t forgetting the economic challenges that we’re facing because they’re confronted by it on a daily basis. If I were director of PR management right now, I’d certainly attempt to change the subject to distract people’s attention. the problem is that the economic troubles facing our nation are just too big to ignore.

That’s why I believe it’s inevitable that Tim Geithner will have to be removed. The Obama administration simply can’t afford someone who’s causing President Obama’s nightmare scenario.

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