I don’t like it, but I’ll take it. This bill lacks important features and includes some bad things. But, as Satan’s greatest feat is to convince us that he does not exist, the Health Care Insurance Industry’s greatest feat is to convince us that we can only revise the industry every 15 years. (Except that second item is true. I assume.)
This means that “something” had to be passed, even if the nose needed to be plugged by doing it. I fully respect and understand the alternative position of killing the bill because it is not good enough. But I also understand why it is good for Ralph Nader to run for president. But when push comes to shove, unless you want Republican elected officials only, and Republican policies only, you’ve got to toss Ralph in the dumpster after a certain point in time, and you’ve got to accept that something like health care insurance reform is going to be not what you personally were thinking would be good.
And since it was done without reconciliation it will be harder to undo, and if you and I and a couple/few million other people do not drop the ball on this, we can maintain a Democratic congress for two more years and get a few remaining issues taken care of.
As the next phase of this process, merging the bill with the house’s bill, there will be a temptation on the house side to insist on including things that the Senate insists not be included. That is fine for the short term in the negotiation process, but if that causes the bill to not be passed then we (as a party and a progressive movement) have done little more than prove our political ineptitude.