The health care negotiations are a truly sad spectacle. As the kabuki theater in the senate winds down, it’s worth remembering a few things:
- With only 40 votes, there is no threat of a republican filibuster
- A bill without a public option is a crappy bill
- The “public option” is not even a true progressive policy – it is merely a compromise to single-payer
- Democrats are corporate whores
It’s fascinating to watch the political dysfunction unfold these days. Democrats propose bills chock full of republican policy ideas (individual insurance mandates, cap and trade, etc) only to get zero republican votes in return. So why keep trying to pass this garbage?
It’s because they want to. The mask is coming off. Corporate whores.
I’m personally of the opinion that our main problem lay with the fact that the Democratic Party as currently constituted is more afraid of losing the financial support of Wall Street and the health insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry than it is of losing progressive voters. In fact, I think I’ve put that wrong, because it implies that the Democratic Party pushes the agenda of industry insiders out of fear. That is a misread of the situation, I think.