The battle over the public option isn't over. Somehow, everyone's forgotten that 60+ House Democrats signed a letter demanding it just a few months ago.
'Twas the night before Christmas, And all through the land/No legislation was stirring, Except a bad health care plan
From the moment he was elected, Obama has governed not as a progressive liberal but as a corporatist liberal. Progressive liberals hoped Obama would be like FDR. Instead, he's been like Bill Clinton on steroids.
I acknowledge that a fair debate on health care can be had. But what I have no patience for is the ignorance being injected into our national consciousness, most recently by Sarah Palin.
After several unpopular compromises on health care reform, and after the revelation that the White House didn't put any pressure on Joe Lieberman to s...
Joe Lieberman writes laws the way I sing - a crappella. Like the sociopathic stalker of "The Twelve Days of Christmas", who sends his alleged true lo...
Progressives who oppose this bill are not being obstructionist. Rather, they are taking the position that when real opportunities to reform health care arise, it is essential to get it right.
To get so-called moderate Democrat Ben Nelson on board, Harry Reid had to agree to a decidedly un-moderate compromise on abortion rights.
Obama: "The Senate and the House bills are 95 percent identical. There's 5 percent differences, and one of those differences is the public option. But this is an area that has just become symbolic of a lot of ideological fights."
If Obama and the Democratic party play their cards right, they will present this legislation not as the only legislation we will need, but rather as the first step in a series of reforms that will eventually achieve what the American people want.
There are many reasons for hoping the Senate health care bill doesn't become the law of the land. But the biggest reason of all is the desperate need for a DC pattern interrupt.
What I'm afraid of is that this bill makes private insurance larger and stronger -- and thus, gets us further away from curing the main problem of our health care system: perverse incentives.
Popular action is the very definition of democracy. It doesn't happen without us, and it isn't a human right upheld by some magic fairness-fairy. If the public option's not in the bill, it's because we haven't shown up to demand it.
Snow affords us an opportunity to care for one another. We can shovel for an elderly neighbor, and make crossing safe for pedestrians. Whether shoveling a sidewalk or providing health care to Americans -- we could all use altruism this season.
As I find myself gripped in a bitter argument -- with myself -- about the fate of health care reform, I'm reminded of the schizophrenic Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings saga fighting angrily with himself.
The health care debate is teetering, not "on the precipice of success" as President Obama put it, but rather on the precipice of outright farce.