This is the fork in the road for the Senate's Democratic leaders: they must choose between the tort lawyers and a health care bill that could re-unite a country that has turned against the present bill.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said Tuesday that the state of Arizona, which has been dealing with the highest per capita deficit in the nation, cannot afford the health care reform plan proposed by Senator Max Baucus of Montana.
We know that people that go to health care town halls really aren't interested in what anyone has to say. But to see it so clearly and so close at a meeting in Anchorage this weekend was quite something.
Is the Baucus plan, the one that manages the improbable feat of making the developed world's most expensive, least effective health care system even worse, indeed the only one with a prayer of passage?
The Baucus bill makes it clear that the fix is in. We're now going to pour more money into a system that's already shown it can absorb whatever we put into it without providing anything like commensurate health care.
If the health care debate seems like a hopeless morass, it's largely because moneyed interests want it to look that way. Matt Taibbi reminds us that the most fundamental issue is simple: Who pays, and how?