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Douglas Holtz-Eakin
  • Former McCain Campaign Health Care Advisor Regrets Nothing

    Posted by: Elizabeth Erickson

    It's a story that has become all too common in this country: A 51-year-old man, unemployed and facing the end of his employer-provided health coverage, will be forced to pay out of pocket for private health insurance, made all the more complicated by a preexisting kidney condition.

    Who is this mysterious everyman? Oh wait, it’s Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former go-to health care guy for John McCain's presidential campaign…

    [O]ne year after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lost the presidential election, the man who was by McCain's side as the campaign's top health-care guru remains unemployed — and his COBRA health coverage is running out.

    What? OH SNAP!

    Does this mean that finally, in a sort of magic, Freaky Friday-type scenario, some powerful opponents of public health care are getting a taste of how such issues affect the uninsured and under-insured American public?

    Sort of. Holtz-Eakin may be losing his government funded health plan, but he still doesn’t agree with the reforms put forth in Congress…

    The system is "broken," he said, but the bills now before Congress do not cut costs enough. On the campaign trail, Holtz-Eakin promoted McCain's plan to eliminate the tax exemption for employer-sponsored health insurance and give tax credits to individuals to buy their own coverage.

    So really it’s more like Freaky Friday if, instead of swapping bodies back and learning lessons about the power of love, Jamie Lee Curtis had realized that being Lindsay Lohan was pretty ok, and they all just kind of dealt with it.

    Tags: Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Health Care, John McCain
  • Carly Fiorina Replaced by Joe the Plumber

    John McCain's campaign has gone through many identities, slogans, advisors and theme songs penned by liberals, but one thing has always remained constant: A campaign surrogate making headlines with his/her idiotic remarks.

    There's been quite a list of McCain "gaffers" over the last 18 months, including but not limited to…

    * Phil Gramm (called America "a nation of whiners" trapped in a "mental recession")

    * Douglas Holtz-Eakin (claimed McCain invented the Blackberry, despite his being computer illiterate)

    * Carly Fiorina (said that McCain was unqualified to manage a computer company)

    * Sarah Palin (caught misstating the GDP of Namibia by 0.75% during an impromptu trade lecture to an Ohio waitress)

    And now there's a new person ready to assume the duty of embarrassing McCain with his totally uninformed commentary: Joe the Plumber/Country Singer. (Who, at this point, outranks both Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis within the campaign.)

    Here's Joe regarding a problem that plumbers are confronted with on nearly every house call they make: The security of Israel

    When the McCain supporter asked him if he believed "a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel," Mr. Wurzelbacher replied, "I'll go ahead and agree with you on that." He didn't elaborate on how Mr. Obama, who has said his commitment to Israeli security is "nonnegotiable," would be bad for the Jewish state.

    Later, during a Fox News interview with Shepard Smith, Joe reiterated his claim, putting Smith in the very un-Fox position of defending Obama.

    With surrogates like Joe following in the grand tradition of Gramm and Fiorina, Barack Obama should get enough donations to stay on TV through next year's World Series as well.

    Of course embarrassments run both ways. Who's to say that McCain can't return the favor by endorsing Joe's forthcoming bid for Congress with a trademark tasteless joke and a declaration that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong"?

    Tags: Carly Fiorina, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Economy, House of Representatives, Israel, Joe the Plumber, John McCain, Phil Gramm, Sarah Palin, Science & Technology