posted on Aug, 18 2009 @ 03:17 PM
As a progressive I am also disappointed in the Democrats in general but especially the Obama administration for its spineless backing down on health
care reform. I overall favor a single payer plan but was willing to settle for a public option on health insurance.
Now it looks like Obama is ready to throw that away too in the name of bi-partisanship. He looks like he will settle for just a few minor reforms by
the health care giants. The result will be a wishy-washy mess that will reform nothing but might funnel more government dollars into corporate
Obama is nuts to throw everything away for the sake of Republicans who will celebrate his concessions but won't vote for reform anyway. They just
aren't going to vote for ANYTHING the Democrats propose, no way no how. Face it, Mr. President. Give up your efforts to appease those who are
incapable of appeasement and go with the votes the Democrats already have.
Now it looks like 100 Democrats in the House are threatening not to vote for health care reform if it DOESN'T include a public option. I admire
their principled stand but it looks like the party is just going to fragment more and more and leave the field to the forces of the status quo.
I hope Obama grows a pair and does the right thing, but I'm apprehensive.
BTW: Yesterday I posted a thread on here about how the left is divided among itself and not sufficiently supportive of a president who may not be what
the left always dreamed of but is a lot better than what is in second place.
But if Obama is going to keep back-pedaling I may just join those I was just criticizing.