Brenner hates the Democrats. Why? Because they're in power.
The Democrats and the Republicans are the US version of Stalin and Trotsky -- each believing in the same ideology and the same end, but simply fighting over who leads the way.
So Brenner attacks Obama's health care plan (I can't call Obama's wicked nonsense reform). Why? Because Obama's plan is an unconstitutional power grab by the political class? Nope. Brenner attacks Obama's plan for one reason only -- it's not Brenner's plan.
You see, Brenner is smart -- borderline omniscient. So she has crafted her own health care plan, including this nugget: Reform medicaid to allow more people to be covered by it, and get rid of the waste in it. More people covered? Isn't that Obama's plan? Get rid of waste? Like that will ever happen.
The truth is that both the Democrats and the Republicans truly believe that government should run health care. Their only quibble -- which, in spite of all the Strum and Drang, is truly a quibble -- is how fast and who wins.
Hey, Powell! You have a real winner on city council.
note: Of course, the taxpayers lose in the end. But you knew that already.