Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Glimmer of Hope? Or, Massive Tease?

Read this post by Ezra Klein (who in my opinion has this HCR shit down better than just about anyone) and explain to me why the Senate can't pass something now that meets President Lieberman's vendetta-based objections, and have Obama sign it into law. The day after that happens, they start the reconciliation process and take a Public Option and shove it right down the collective throat of Lieberman, Ben Fucking Nelson, President Snowe and every other "Centrist" asshole that's made this process a nightmare.

Did I forget to mention the GOP? No. They are irrelevant.


The only way for Reid and even Obama to regain standing with me after this fiasco is if that is the endgame. If not, then I find it impossible to believe any of them had serious intentions about real reform.

No excuses.


Toast said...

I'm very intrigued by the notion of tacking on a Public Option through reconciliation after the main bill passes. That would be a wonderful thing, both in terms of policy and politics.

That said, the default progressive position that the current bill, sans public option, delivers nothing, isn't real reform, yadda yadda yadda, is simply, flatly wrong. And Ezra, whose opinion on reform you respect so much, will tell you the same thing.

Mr Furious said...

Yes, it is certainly better than nothing—in theory. But without knowing the details and what trojan horse shit sneaks in, I'm dubious.

With no means to control costs all the "reforms" and improvements are nothing but a reason for insurance companies to jack rates.

And a mandate with that? Bullshit.

In my opinion, a mandate without a p.o. is a non-starter.


I agree this could be the recipe for some tasty lemonade made from the lemon of a bill that's shaping up, but I am starting to doubt the resolve and motives of everyone involved.

We'll see, won't we?

Smitty said...

We'll see, won't we

This reconciliation tac takes balls. And that's why I am worried it will all fall apart.

Kimberly and Bob said...

This tactic has crossed my mind.

If I understand it correctly an item passed thrugh reconcilliation must reduce the deficit. Doesn't the public option do that?

We can only dream.

Bob said...

woops. wrong account - oh well