Sunday, August 16, 2009

Welp, no health care reform until at least 2017

The Democrats have a way to cave, don't they?

After pledging to enact health care reform by the end of August, the Obama administration now appears ready to abandon the much-praised public insurance option.

The public option should have been considered a minimum goal - not a maximum. Single payer would be better, of course, but a public option is the minimum we have a right to expect. If you don't have at least a public option, it's not reform at all. It just isn't.

Looks like I'm gonna have to wait another 8 years to see that ear specialist.

Why cave now? The Associated Press cites "mounting opposition" to health reform. But the only major opposition is from talk-shit radio, town hall disruptors, and the corporations, right-wing think tanks, and Republican hacks who bankroll them.

If the Democrats choose to be bullied by violent Nazis who attack Rosa Parks posters, the least they can do is not bring the country down with them. You don't compromise with out-and-out fascists like the Tea Party crowd, who have no interest whatsoever in fixing anything.

Ever hear the saying, "You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist"?

This triangulation policy is the same one that helped bring us the failed welfare "reform" law and Telecommunications Act in 1996. It also helped lead to Congress allowing Bush to carry out the illegal Iraq War.

The difference now is that the Republicans (thankfully) don't control the White House or Congress anymore, so what's the excuse? The Democrats can't even defend themselves against 30 people who rip up posters at town halls?


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