I strongly recommend to anyone who does work to defeat this bill make their calculations based entirely on policy, rather than on politics.
Just one question:
You must read Historiann, because she's on a roll. Talkin' about those who say our poor, poor President can't get anything done because of the big, bad partisanship wolf that keeps huffing* and puffing and blowing the House in (and the Senate, especially!) Read more about Historiann: "Intellectual Dishonesty: Ur Doin It Rite on the Left"
Dean said the removal of the Medicare buy-in made the bill not worth supporting, and urged Dem leaders to start over with the process of reconciliation in the interview, which is set to air at 5:50 PM today on Vermont Public Radio, political reporter Bob Kinzel confirms to me.
“This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.”
There are a number of people online scratching their heads and wondering why our newly minted Democratic president has proved so utterly useless when it came to healthcare reform. He seems to have collapsed on the White House divan with a case of the vapors. I submit it is neither a physical malady that renders him so completely gelatinous, nor is it lessons learned from Mrs. Clinton's earlier attempts to pass health care reform. it is, indeed, something more contemporary and potent - Obama's own words on the campaign trail against the formidable Senator Clinton's healthcare proposals. Read more about Why Obama Cannot and Did Not Lead On Healthcare Reform
Event: EMERGENCY VIGIL TONIGHT!
"Single payer amendment comes to senate floor for the first time in the history of this nation."
Start Time: Today, December 15 at 5:30pm
End Time: Today, December 15 at 9:30pm
Where: Hart Senate Office Building
If you don't live in DC, and you live or work near your Senator's office. Read more about Action Alert: TONIGHT! Wash DC; Hart Senate Office Building emergency vigil
Over at Big Orange:
THERE WERE ALWAYS 51 VOTES. IF YOU'RE GOING TO SIT THERE AND TELL ME THAT THE REPUBLICANS CAN USE RECONCILIATION TO PASS GOD DAMN TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, BUT DEMOCRATS DON'T HAVE THE COURAGE TO USE IT TO PASS MEANINGFUL, BENEFICIAL HEALTH COVERAGE REFORM, THEN YOU BETTER BELIEVE BY GOD I'M GOING TO STAY HOME IN NOVEMBER 2010.
The math hasn't changed for at least a year.... Read more about ALL CAPS
(Cross-posted at vastleft.com)
One starts asking fundamental questions, instead of dodging them at all costs. Read more about The (presumed) death of "public option" leads to belated moments of clarity
On Sunday, I attended the New York Health Care Forum, hosted by Physicians for a National Health Care Plan. The panelists were Dr. Oliver Fein, Dr. Leonard Rodberg, and Dr. Martha Livingston, co-editor of 10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care. Dr. Livingston (yes, I know) was kind enough to agree to be interviewed by yours truly, so do stay tuned for that. If her presentation is any indication, it will be a doozy! Read more about My Report from the New York Health Care Forum
That was California Representative Pete Stark's take on "managed competition" back in 1993 when it was poised to become ClintonCare.
Celinda Lake, in 1993:
After conducting extensive focus groups on health care, pollster Celinda Lake discovered that the more people are told about the Canadian system, “the higher the support goes.” In contrast, according to Lake, working Americans found the managed competition idea “laughable.”
Pass whatever helps people right away. Bag the rest. Bag the exchanges. Bag the mandate. Bag taxing what the unions won with bargaining. Bag all the 2014 stuff. Bag IMAC. Pass a clean bill and declare victory. Reboot in January, and have a truly open process that includes all policy perspectives. Read more about Some bill, any bill