So Much for Real Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Discouraging but unsurprising news: attempts to add any sort of public option to the soft, industry-friendly Baucus health care reform bill are dead.  Today the Senate Finance Committee voted 15-8 against the Rockefeller amendment that would have added a robust public option.  Those fifteen “nays” included five from scumbag, status-quo Democrats: Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Tom Carper (D-DE), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and– surprise– Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT).  Next came a watered-down symbolic gesture from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which was rejected by a 13-10 vote because, as Baucus says, a bill with a public option could not pass the Senate floor “at this time”.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) makes a gesture.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) makes a gesture.

In a related story, Republicans, with the help of the Spineless Democratic Caucus (SDC), are drafting the Resolution to Say “Suck It” to Poor and Uninsured American Citizens.  The SDC, with at least eight members in the Senate and 37 members in the House, has joined the fight against human rights here at home and plans to stymie any reform that treats health as anything other than a privilege.  More details as they become available.

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One response to “So Much for Real Health Care Reform

  1. here’s my question – do you think health care reform is ever going to be possible? i mean really? i thought a public option sounded like a great idea, but i guess in order for it to work our politicians would have to untangle themselves from big business ie the insurance companies. it’s really disheartening to watch this whole thing unfold. i remember reading a new yorker article (before health care reform was introduced) about obama’s great health care strategic plan to make health care reform work where clinton couldn’t. and it was clearly supposed to be max baucus (before that it was supposed to be ted kennedy, but his brain cancer had already made him a sideline player at best at the time). i haven’t been following the baucus bill that closely or your thoughts on the baucus bill, but i do know that everyone seemed unhappy with the compromises it made.

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