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This video was about Obama’s goal to pass new healthcare legislation and how he succeeded. Obama set out to get this accomplished at the very beginning of his term. This was a task that he and his team realized would make or break his first term. If Obamacare didn’t work out he might not have been voted in for a second term. The biggest impact to his healthcare mission was the team he built up. President Obama had congressional leaders and previous members working closely with his to make his goals a reality. One of the biggest proponents of Obama’s healthcare reform was his Chief of staff Rom Emanuel. Rom Emanuel knew a lot about healthcare from working with President Clinton who also tried to pass a bill on healthcare reform. Unlike Obama’s bill, Clinton’s was destroyed by all the negative ads on TV about the plan saying “If the government will choose, we lose.” Although Obama and his team hit a few bumps in the road the bill was still able to pass through both houses of Congress. President Obama was mainly able to get the bill to pass through Congress because of his deals that he made with Senators. Karen Ignani, the head of the insurance agencies, got into a battle with Obama over the public option. The attack ads began to fly. This caused important leaders in the Senate to side with the insurance companies. It would cost President Obama and his staff a lot of deals to get the votes. Including over one hundred million tax payer dollars to the state of Nebraska to pay for their Medicaid plan just to get Senator Ben Nelson’s vote. This bargain was recognized as the “Corn husker’s kickback”. When this was leaked it caused a lot of controversy across the state and showed just how far Obama’s administration was willing to go. The bill ended up passing in the Senate and went onto the House of Representatives. Luckily it also passed in the House although there were worries that since a Republican took an important spot that the bill wouldn’t gain enough support. I personally think that this video was eye opening. This really showed the inner workings of the government and how bills are passed. I thought that some of the deals that took place were shady and as an informed voter I wouldn’t have wanted this type of legislation to pass. The interest groups and insurance companies that created negative ads tie into chapter 12 (Lowi 395), these helped influence government decisions. Interest groups usually get involved if they feel concerned about an issue (Lowi 398), which is what happened in the case of Obamacare.…...

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