Why I’m Glad Health Care Didn’t Die

1. It’s a giant fuck you to the teabaggers, the Michelle Bachmanns and the rest of the stupid contingent in America.

2. Now that the stupid contingent has cried wolf (or, to be perfectly accurate, EVIL DEMON RABID PSYCHO ZOMBIE WOLF FROM HELLLLLLLL!!!!) about all the bad things the health care bill will do, when said bill does no such thing, it’ll make it a little more difficult for them to get political traction with that shit in the future.

3. On the other hand, when the bill doesn’t do all the things that Americans really want it to do (like give them a bloody public option), Americans are going to be pissed. And that may make it easier to get that stuff done down the road.

4. While getting Republicans to back the omnibus bill was impossible for obvious reasons, now that the bill has passed, it might be easier to peel off some Republican votes to support some incremental fixes in the future (see points 2 and 3).

5. In the meantime, maybe we can get something done about the most egregious Blue Dogs and egomaniacs. Get Joe effing Lieberman out of the picture and the whole thing gets a lot easier. And given the fact that most Americans do support the public option, and Joe wasn’t all that popular before all this went down, well… He could pull that “Connecticut, you love me!” thing once. Now they realize that they’re just not that into him.

I’m not all that happy about the bill. The lack of a public option is offensive, the Nelson amendment is worse than offensive, and there are still a lot of holes. But I do believe this is better than not getting the bill passed at all.

13 thoughts on “Why I’m Glad Health Care Didn’t Die

  1. Jude says:

    You do realize that you’re way off with #2, right?
    If I’ve learned anything from watching politics in this country, it’s that it’snever difficult for the stupid contingent to get political traction.
    Never.
    Ever.
    Ever ever.
    Barnum’s Law comes into play, and it’s inviolable.
    Other than that, though, I agree.

  2. missy says:

    We need to find a place for Joe much in the same way the Republican party got rid of Teddy Roosevelt (made him “take the veil”) by putting him on the national ticket as VP. It appealed to TR’s vanity and got him out of the way.
    Of iourse, TR ended up president (which was a good outcome for the rest of us, not so much the Republicans), so maybe that’s not such a good idea after all…

  3. hoppy says:

    One thing this whole mess has demonstrated is that Congress is made up of two houses. One represents ordinary citizens, and the other represents the corporations and the wealthy. It is the latter which rules in the end. And, as disgusting as that is in today’s world, it is just what the framers of the Constitution wanted, since they were all wealthy landowners, the equivalent of corporations in that day and age, the last thing in the world they wanted was to have commoners in charge of the government. Maybe it is time for change? Real “change we can believe in”?

  4. BuggyQ says:

    That’s why I said, “a little,” Jude. Call it wishful thinking. At the very least, it’ll give us ammunition for Meat The Press.

  5. i agree. there are a lot of good things in the bill, even though cost control is definitely not accomplished. getting half a loaf is not the same as never getting the other half – krugman wrote an editorial in the nyt a few days ago saying that social security had some serious holes in it that were plugged a few years later
    the latest argument i hear against it from the left is that people will be forced to buy insurance. they are leveraging the hate that insurance companies that have mistreated their customers have earned. but in all other countries in the world, everybody must buy insurance or have it bought for them – in this respect, we are only getting up to speed with the rest of the world. on the other hand, this is the only country where insurance companies are allowed to make a profit on basic health insurance (see this article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082101778.html )
    i think the provisions in this bill that make it illegal to deny insurance are extremely valuable and are a significant restriction on the ability of insurance companies to abuse people. it would be a shame to “kill the bill” and lose the chance to make them into law

  6. virgotex says:

    I wonder seriously if/when we will ever see any serious “peeling off” from Republicans on this or anything else. I assume some might for strategical reasons but will it be posturing or the real thing?
    Of course it’s hard for me to be objective right now, I’m so disgusted with almost everyone in DC at the moment.

  7. pansypoo says:

    yeah, it’s a shit sammich, but it’s a triple patty shit sammich for the rite.

  8. Sandman says:

    Unless Obama and the rest of the centrist DLC dems pull off their corporate taint-licking masks and confess to true progressive intentions, this bill will do what all laws out of DC do these days: bankrupt the working class (there is no fucking middle class anymore) to further enrich the plutocratic elite. “Let them eat cake” ought to be the fucking motto on our money instead of “In God We Trust.” If any of these fuckers actually believed in God, they’d be scared shitless about the eternity in hell their greed, hate and general fucktardery should get them.

  9. pansypoo says:

    publicly financed campaigns are the only answer.

  10. hoppy says:

    Pansy, our Constitution stands in the way of publicly financed campaigns. Assume Joe and Bill are running for Congress. The government gives each of them $10,000,000 to finance their campaign. Joe works as a grocery clerk, so this enables him to mount a good campaign. But, Bill inherited $1,000,000,000 from his daddy. Bill will spend an extra %50,000,000 on super delux TV ads, broadcast every hour of the day on every TV station. Bill, of course wins. No law could stop Bill from doing that without running afoul of our First amendment free speech rights.
    Now, suppose someone tells the Supreme Court that for a corporation to enjoy all of the rights of a human being, it has to breathe, eat at McDonalds, drink Beer, and cheat at marriage. Being astonished to hear this the Supremes declare that corporations are not people, so have no rights under the bill of rights. They, therefore cannot participate in our election system. Now our Congressfolks have to kow-tow to us, not to corporations, greatly reducing our problem.

  11. hoppy says:

    Up there % should be, of course $.
    While we are daydreaming, lets assume those same Supremes discover that paying someone for their vote in Congress, whether the payment is a free lunch, a vacation home in the Bahamas, free steno service, free bill writing services, etc. is bribing that person. That would subject all 535 members of Congress to jail terms, so lobbyists just might have to work for a living doing something legal. Again, our problem shrinks to manageable size.

  12. pansypoo says:

    campaigns need to be free or elections are not free.

  13. Neil says:

    ya but its politics it wont be improve bywriting like these post understand each an every person what is going on so that will take effect…

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