Friday, December 18, 2009

Free-For-All Pie Fight In Congress Over Healthcare Reform


Is the bill so bad that we should give up on the politics and just focus on the policy (and the corruption)? And kill the damn thing? Last night Rachel Maddow gave voice to our concerns about getting on board the Republican train to nowhere:

John McCain: "Doctor Dean, I am with you." Enough to make you want to throw up? Is it possible to make the bill better and pass it? The answer is "no," not unless voters want it badly enough to defeat a bunch of conservatives from both parties next November. And with the multi-dimensional chess player in the White House unwilling or unable to articulate a vision that captures the admittedly shallow imagination of the public, that looks highly unlikely. So in the mad rush to get Big PhRMA and Wall Street to finance his probably hopeless re-election campaign, it looks like the only winners in the battle over healthcare "reform" will be the insurance giants and a gaggle of conservative legislators from Jim DeMint, who will be proven right on Obama's Waterloo, to Joe Lieberman, who will have gotten revenge on the progressives who have made him a public pariah.

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At 6:35 AM, Blogger Bob In Pacifica said...

I wrote my Senator (Boxer) to encourage her that the bill, as presently constructed, guaranteed the defeat of Dems next year.

I got back a vanilla response, I think it was about what the healthcare bill was purported to be from last summer.

This is becoming an incredible fail for the Democratic Party.

At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Balakirev said...

Indeed, Bob. The Republicans are going to run with this giveaway to the insurance industry, and the Dems and Independents have lost any faith they ever had in Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Senate. Talk about mishandling an issue...

Unless, of course, you speak to the DC insiders, who will gladly tell you it's all our fault for having sacrificed everything up to now and not being willing to sacrifice everything that's left.


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