While discussion of health care reforms have been a mainstay of the primary season, actually carrying out such proposals would be an enormous undertaking, according to 2 political commentators.
Speaking at the America’s Health Insurance Plans National Policy forum in Washington Tuesday, Democratic campaign strategist Donna Brazile and a Republican consultant counterpart, Michael Murphy, discussed how they see the Democratic nomination race playing out and the prospects for the general election in November.
Although the talk was supposed to be on the topic of how the healthcare proposals put out by the campaigns could affect the agenda in Washington next year, the uncertainty surrounding the Democratic nomination colored the discussion.
“When they signed up for this gig, they probably thought it would be a quieter day than it turned out be,” said the panel’s moderator, Urban Institute senior fellow Leonard Burman, who added jokingly, “I’m glad they showed up.”
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In addition to not being a part of the campaigns of either Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., or Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Brazile also noted that she is among the undecided “superdelegates” who will vote to nominate one or the other at the party’s convention in Denver.
Although backing Sen. McCain, Murphy also said he believes that Obama will win the Democratic nomination, given his lead among pledged delegates and the tenor of the election thus far.
“It’s a classic wrong-track election,” he said in reference to a poll asking Americans whether the country is on the right or wrong track. In the election cycle, he said, Gallup pollsters are seeing the highest “wrong track” numbers they’ve ever seen. Murphy said he believes Obama has successfully connected with voters looking to change the country’s course.