More bullshit from Darcy Burner
Via bulk e-mail:
A year ago, progressives in Congress came to the table with a set of proposals to fix this problem. They said, "Our first choice is Medicare for all. And if we can't get that, we'd settle for letting people who want to buy into a Medicare-like public option have that choice, so that insurance companies have real competition." At every step of the way progressives have engaged in the debate, pushed forward, and tried to get this job done. And at every step of the way, obstructionists in the House and the Senate - paid off by the insurance companies - have done everything they could to block progress.
Today, President Obama got key leaders from the House and the Senate from both sides of the aisle to sit down and figure out how to move forward. He got the worst obstructionists into a room, on cameras, in front of the American people, to get on with getting the job done - or get out of the way.
This past year, career "progressives" have joined Obama, Daschle, and Baucus in denying oxygen to supporters of single-payer Medicare for All at every turn.
They gave away their purported goal of Medicare for All at the outset, based on some opaque and never-discussed process where Jacob Hacker's "public option" proposal, and any infinitely depleted version of it, became their (and that of everyone who, tragically, trusted them) One True Healthcare Reform Agenda.
Part and parcel with that was a uniform lack of interest in exposing and critiquing Obama and company's outright lies about conducting an open and transparent process that considered all options. One can only surmise that, in their eyes, to give due consideration to the deep-sixed options — which would actually work — would be fatally unflattering to their vapid "public-option" agenda.
For all their smarmy application of "robust" and "strong" as pet pre-fixes to "public option," they won't acknowledge that no public plan discussed anywhere near Congress will provide the supposed "competition" to more than a tiny percentage of the public (and surely the most expensive to insure).
Nothing that leading "progressives" or Obama have done this past year could be properly called anything but obstruction of real health-care reform.
On today's kabukijerk between Obama and Congress, msnbc.com reports:
Obama said cost is a legitimate question
In these rarefied circles, one question is held to be utterly illegitimate, utterly taboo: why the fuck have policies that could cut costs in half or more — single-payer or socialized medicine — have been kept at bay for the entire process?
Naturally, we know the answer. America is fully hostage to corporate interests, and Democrats and "progressive" elites won't do a goddamn thing to help solve our real problems.