The Triadvocate is a publication of Triad Strategies, LLC, a bipartisan lobbying, public affairs, strategic communications, grassroots advocacy, issue management consulting firm located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
Is our political system mired in hopeless gridlock? Or is it still possible to advance good ideas? Are leaders with strong convictions merely disruptive obstacles? Or can courage to stand on core principles still inspire powerful consensus?
The City of Philadelphia was the center of the political universe this week, as a gaggle of elected officials spent a few days hauling folks from the Democratic National Committee around town, hoping for Philly to be chosen as the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Despite the fact that national conventions are tightly-scripted, less-than-suspenseful and largely vapid affairs, they do generate a lot of revenue. We hope there isn’t anything going on at the convention center (like, oh, perhaps some labor strife) that would put a potential damper on those plans.
Some years ago, long before President Obama was elected (and Obamacare was still a state-level experiment up in Massachusetts) I found myself at dinner with the CEO of a massive non-profit health insurance/health care provider. During a discussion of the health insurance market as it existed back in the late 90s, he made a very interesting observation.