Steve Benen tells us about the long list of compromises by progressives and liberals to get us to where we are on healthcare:
Keep in mind, when progressive Dems argue that they’ve already compromised, they have a very compelling case to make. They started with a desire for Medicare for all. That was negotiated down to a national public option. That, in turn, was negotiated down to a national public option with limited eligibility. That was negotiated down again to a national public option with limited eligibility tied to negotiated reimbursement rates, instead of Medicare rates. In time, that was negotiated down once again, leaving a public option with limited eligibility tied to negotiated reimbursement rates, which any state could choose not to participate in.
The only thing I would add is that some of us started back at single payer, which isn’t even on Benen’s list. The Blue Dogs better pay through the nose on something else. When do they compromise?