Originally brought in was Former Senate Majority leader, Tom Daschle, who at first seemed like a reliable asset but soon became a serious liability to Obama and the healthcare reform agenda. Daschle resigned shortly after. By the spring of 2009, Max Baucus had become the point man for the health reform campaign despite the Sunlight Foundation’s report of Baucus receiving $2.5 million from special-interest health groups. Many political voices were against healthcare reform based on self-interest, including the chief lobbyist for the health insurance industry, Karen Ignagni. Ignagni told Obama the insurance industry would only support his plan if everyone were required to buy health insurance. Also at about this time, a secret deal was taking place where the drug industry’s top lobbyist, Bill Tauzin, forced Obama’s healthcare r...
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...he corrupt politician who serves the healthcare industry rather than the American people. It left me feeling like I could not trust anyone in our political system, and that true change in America is no longer possible. I think the music and dramatic tone of the narrator added to this, and the photos chosen of Obama made him look helpless.
The most disturbing part of the film was learning about how Obama had to negotiate to get a healthcare deal passed. I believe many members of my generation view Obama as a hero and as a more holistic politician. I was shocked to see the negotiations that took place to advance political status over an issue that affects the life and death of our nation’s population. I felt this film was able to successfully portray the message it sought to and was able to educate the viewer about the political complexity of the Affordable Care Act.
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