Are You Sick of the Debate Over the Public Option?

I was hoping not to have to write about this anymore, but, quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of the vacillating, equivocal maneuvering on the public option. And that’s from lawmakers we believe to be our friends, including the current occupant of the White House.

There are published reports that President Obama is more interested in the politics of the public option than actually getting a strong one done.

If it’s true, this is hardly change we can believe in. Senator Harry Reid is to be commended for at least trying to get a bill with the public option to the Senate floor.

Senator Harry Reid
Senator Harry Reid

Joe Lieberman, if he’s ready to support a filibuster on any bill containing a public option ought to be summarily stripped of his committee chair, and sent packing to the GOP caucus (that idea comes from my good friend Brent Budowsky). Even the House has caved, somewhat, with Nancy Pelosi now saying she’ll bring a bill to the floor with a public option that’s not pegged to Medicare rates.

Joe Lieberman
Joe Lieberman

That means not so robust as the one people were talking about just days ago. Then in the Senate there’s talk of opt outs and triggers (reportedly the one the President favors).

And what does all this mean when taken together? OUR LAWMAKERS ARE PUNKS!!!

There’s no other way to put it. And this cowardice is from the TOP DOWN! The public wants the public option (and that may not count people like my and my friend Sanda Aronson who want single payer). Four out of five congressional committees passed bills containing the public option.

So why is Joe Lieberman and his fellow travelers such a large roadblock?

I hate to say this, but it’s the President. Barack Obama thinks he needs bipartisan healthcare reform. He hasn’t sent those people in his administration whose job it is to twist arms to go out and do what they’re paid for. Somebody ought to be saying that the Joe Liebermans of the current Congress aren’t acting in  the best interest of their constituents. They’re pimping Americans with pre-existing conditions for the dollars that come from big insurance and big pharma.

I shouldn’t have to say this. Neither should Brent Budowsky, Ed Schultze, Randi Rhodes, Rachel Maddow or the others who have kept the fight going through all the nonsense the public has been exposed to.

Would these same jackals who bleat about government run health care prefer to leave national security to the bindlestiffs at Blackwater? Oh, sorry, they already did.

Sorry to vent, but I’m sick and tired. How about you?
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One thought on “Are You Sick of the Debate Over the Public Option?”

  1. It’s a fun surprise to see my name in your blog. Thanks.
    We are not “the only ones” for single payer – Medicare for All, which you know better than I do. PNHP Physicians for a National Health Program, and Dr. Flowers (who has an article posted on yesterday on why she is willing to be arrested) are first to come to mind as longtime activists for Single Payer – Medicare for All, along with some stellar pols like US House Reps. Kucinich and Conyers.

    To answer your question, I take this opportunity to say as you have ended your blog entry “I am sick and tired.”. Really. I have severe CFS/ME, severely disabling. I am …what’s a word, making wry smiles every time someone uses the phrase politically. It really fits in this blog entry comment:

    CFS/ME chronic fatigue syndrome has been “dissed” by the gov’t and general media for about two decades. I urge people to read Hillary Johnson’s Op Ed piece in the Oct.21, 2009 NYTimes “A Case of Denial”. Some media coverage resulted after Oct.8th announcement of a medical study showing a retrovirus found in a majority of people with CFS, the same retrovirus XMRV found in men with prostate cancer and in some leukemias. Did the NYTimes show “r e s p e c t” for those of us suffering over 20 years (plus or minus)in reporting this? Not much. But they published Hillary Johnson’s short, strong, wonderful article. Congress did the right thing and allocated some millions for research to the CDC, who promptly took the money and used it for other things. It’s well documented.
    And so far, they haven’t “returned the money”. They dissed a woman who did the front-runner research that as a “cold case” came back and resulted in this new study – over a decade later. So, please take a quick read.

    Imagine being “sick and tired” and being dismissed as not being ill. I think it’s political: from naming the illness the stupid name (as Johnson notes) to not having to pay for treatment, benefits by gov’t, or health care groups.

    It’s happened with Gulf War Syndrome, before that with Agent Orange, …add your own list, as well as CFS/ME (in England it’s named myalgic encephalomyelitis – but the CDC said that was “too difficult and confusing”… I dunno, folks manage OK with words like MS multiple sclerosis, ALS for Lou Gherig’s disease…

    Lastly, the “compromise” leads Jane Hamsher of Fire Dog Lake to write how the new health (you can’t call it “care” folks – my words, not Hamsher’s)
    legislation will not cover cancer and other drugs for other diseases in many instances. (And there’s an element of sexism in all this, in my opinion. Diseases that are found more in women than in men do not get the same respect. And I point you to other sources for a good bit of analysis of racism in delivery of health care. There’s a good article, a few weeks back, by Cynthia McKinney, whose aunt died after a colonoscopy due to it having been perforated and not being taken seriously when complaining of the pain…)

    Black Agenda Report’s Bruce A. Dixon and Glen Ford take on the whole issue of “health care reform” and the shams.

    “Sick and tired” – I repeat the line paraphrasing a US Senator, spoken when he was opposing the Vietnam War as a returning vet, “Who will be the last person to die before we have single payer – Medicare for All?”.

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