I've been saying for days that the quirky little "anonymous aides" leak that came out last week was a chance for Harry Reid to redeem himself. He's up next year while Obama has until 2012 to do some other popular stuff. Very good strategery IMO.
The Senate Finance Committee bill was a failed attempt at bi-partisanship. You seem to be claiming that this is the final bill.
I would like to hear from all the people on this thread who are whining that we aren't getting what we want. I want to know how hard you personally have worked/are working to help pass a healthcare reform bill with a robust public option. Letters, faxes, emails, letters to the editor, houseparties?
President Obama told us during his campaign that together WE could achieve our goals. He never said "I" will do this or that, it was always "we". If we aren't getting what we want, then we aren't working hard enough.
The rightwing has been stirring the base up into a frenzy of anger, hate and fear. The purpose is to get them to the polls in the midterms. It will work.
We don't have the level of emotion riding on next year's elections that they do so we must all work very hard on our own GOTV efforts. If we don't mobilize ourselves, the nutty minority will take away some of our seats next year.
Shorter diary: Some people are just selfish and greedy. "I've got mine and I don't want any of my money helping anyone else to get any."
My argument for political ideologies in general applies to healthcare too. All governments (administrations) tax people so it's really not a money issue. The disagreement is over how the tax dollars will be spent.
I would like them to be spent improving the lives of people in our country first and other countries second.
I have no doubt the wingnuts believe what they say in their comments but it proves what I've always suspected. They are idiots.
Of course, in the Civil War and Jim Crow years, it was the Dems who wanted to keep slavery of Blacks. And the way 95 pct of Blacks vote Dem, shows the Blacks want back on the plantation.
Raise your hand if you are a Democrat and voted to keep slavery during the Civil War 150 years ago. And those Democrats who fought against civil rights in the 1950's were the Dixiecrats who abandoned the Democratic party for the racist-friendly Republican party.
Someone on FR observed that the republicans had been infiltrated by the democrats.
Raise your hand if you are a Democrat who thinks it's a swell idea to infiltrate an ever-shrinking political party that is unlikely to win a majority for a decade or two.
P.S. I love Colbert's take on how the Republicans can label the Democrats to tarnish their image. He suggested instead of the Democrat Socialist Party they start calling them by the name of the least popular group in the country...the Republican Party. :D