WTF!!! No vote on healthcare until after Christmas?

This is really pissing me off.  This was supposed to be done in July, then September, then October, then by Thanksgiving, and then by Christmas.  No, no, no.  No more waiting.  President Obama, you get off your lazy behind right now and tell Harry Reid that he better have this done by Christmas or there is going to be hell to pay.  Waiting until Christmas was a big, big risk, and the last chance for a bill. oom/news/64603-snowe-indicates-health-vo te-may-not-occur-before-christmas

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Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Aaron Swartz just announced via email:

Urgent news: Multiple media reports say that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is very close to rounding up the votes needed for a public health insurance option, but "the White House is pushing back against the idea" in order to get the support of Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

Tell the White House that the support of one Republican isn't worth a bad bill. PLEASE SIGN OUR EMERGENCY PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA TODAY:

"Every day, insurance companies deny care and let people die. Getting one Republican senator's vote is not worth delaying reform -- too many real lives are at stake. We need you to fight and state clearly that anything less than a strong public option is not change we can believe in." Sign here:

We're also launching a new TV ad today to get our message across to president Obama: oQ

You can donate here to put it on the air in Maine: ge/obamafight?refcode=dkos
(UPDATE: Our goal is raising enough for 100 ads. In just a couple hours, we're at 91 ads!)

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein reports:

On Thursday night, Reid went over to the White House for a talk with the president. The conversation centered on Reid's desire to put Schumer's national opt-out plan into the base bill. White House officials were not necessarily pleased, and they made that known. Everyone agrees that they didn't embrace Reid's new strategy. Everyone agrees that the White House wants Snowe on the bill...

More from Aaron's announcement:

The Washington Post confirms that the White House "wants Snowe on the bill" and is seriously considering Snowe's proposed "trigger" -- which would delay, and effectively kill, the public option.

As Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) recently said, "Olympia Snowe was not elected president last year." Even her own constituents in Maine support a public option 2 to 1, and overwhelmingly oppose a trigger! Only the insurance industry supports Snowe's proposal.

We'll deliver this petition to the White House and let the media know about it. The more people who sign by Monday, the more powerful a message we'll send. Please sign today -- together, we can have an impact.

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Progressive Democrat Issue 232

I hear some on the left complaining that Obama has done nothing and is just as bad as Bush. I understand a certain amount of frustration with the slow pace of reform, though I wasn't surprised that it would take time to change 8 years of disastrous policies. But I think it is borderline insane to ignore the many areas that have improved since Obama took office. Here is one example:

EPA Denies Permit for Infamous WV Mountaintop Removal Mine

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Lieberman is All Bark and No Bite

Earlier this week, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman did his darndest to get headlines by hinting at opposition to healthcare reform. Turns out -- and this is little surprise -- Lieberman was just blowing hot air.

U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., whose vote could be crucial to breaking an expected GOP filibuster on health care legislation, Thursday said he would consider voting to move the bill forward, even if he ultimately casts his ballot against the reform package.

It was pretty clear that what Lieberman was looking for was attention rather than any meaningful changes to healthcare reform legislation. At this point, Lieberman doesn't have much leverage over his Democratic colleagues, whose support he relies upon (along with that of the President) to maintain his chairmanship and seniority; were he to actually to be the one member of the Senate Democratic caucus to vote to sink healthcare reform, it's difficult to fathom him not being stripped of his power, so he does not represent nearly as credible of a threat as he would have us believe. As a result, Lieberman has had to walk back his weak threat, conceding that he could very well vote for cloture even if he votes against the ultimate bill -- a position that would likely be palatable to (even if not loved by) those Democrats now allowing him the privileges of seniority.

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Being Uncomfortable with Power

I have been thinking about writing this diary for a while now. Since Obama's swearing in I have noticed that the rift between right and left has been growing significantly, but much more disturbingly I have noticed a growing rift within our own ranks. I am not speaking of the same rift that existed during the primary, which was certainly a bitter rift from which the wounds have not completely healed, but something different that has happened in recent months.

I have watched and listened as much of the progressive movement, or the left fringe of the party, or whatever term is applied to it by the person speaking, has become increasingly distrustful of, and angry towards, President Obama. I worked for SEIU during the campaign, working seven days a week for months on end, to see Obama win; and I will be the first to admit that my perception is colored by that.

Lately, I have been increasingly angered myself about the attitudes of some on the left whose bitterness seems extreme to me; also, I have become concerned by those who do not show much bitterness but seem to be increasingly cynical that any of the changes we have hoped for and worked so hard for will come to fruition. I myself have some concerns about the way the administration has handled certain aspects of their agenda but I am even more concerned about the direction we, as a party and a movement, may be heading.

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