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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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Senate Committee Vote on Healthcare- A Victory?

My first instinct is to say no, no, no (with apologies to Amy Winehouse). That’s because the bill that passed the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday didn’t contain a public option. We keep being told that it could be negotiated as different bills come together, but there doesn’t seem to be the guts among Democrats to see it through. That would include President Obama, who’s been sending conflicting signals about the public option for quite awhile now.

Back to the Finance Committee vote. It was 14-9, with Republican Olympia Snowe breaking ranks to vote with the majority. This is being hailed as some sort of breakthrough. While I hail Senator Snowe’s willingness to break ranks with her party, one Republican voting in favor of a watered down bill isn’t my idea of something to celebrate. But that’s just me.

I remain curious about just what the nine naysayers on the Finance Committee really wanted in the first place. Was it just time, time to eventually kill reform? They tried their best, these slaves to insurance industry dollars. They even tried the last minute tactic of putting out an industry funded report that said the reform bill wouldn’t work. They continue to try to convince the American people that if more people have  access to affordable healthcare, those who are already insured would lose something.

What they’d lose varies, depending on which right wing lugnut you’re watching on TV or listening to on the radio. The strategy, however, is classic. If  THEY gain, YOU lose. Watch them go after Olympia Snowe (oops, they already have!). What they won’t tell you, however is that this us against them tactic is fundamentally un-American. If people really want their country back , how about taking it back from people who pit Americans against each other? Or is that too much like politics as usual?

There’s still much work to be done in the battle to make sure all people in this country have access to affordable healthcare. I’ve said it before, this ought to be a matter of national pride. Should we be satisfied being the most powerful nation on earth while we’re 37th in healthcare outcomes? Trust me, the Party of No has no answer to this, but sadly, they’re rarely asked the question. One person who understands this clearly is my good friend Brent Budowsky. Check him out in thehill.com, click on Pundit’s Blog. He pulls no punches when he says it’s time for the Democrats to stop playing and lead. It is about time, isn’t it? You tell me.

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