So, finally, President Obama has put his cards on the table – unveiling his own health care reform plan. With no public plan option.
Is that the best we can get? Hell, no!
Clearly, Republicans will oppose any health care plan, no matter what compromises the president makes. The only way Democrats can pass a bill is through reconciliation, with Democrats only.
So, since we’re going to use reconciliation, we might as well make it the strongest bill possible. Put the public plan option back in. And here’s how.
So far, 22 Democratic Senators have signed a letter circulated by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee supporting the use of reconciliation to pass health care legislation. If we can get 51 Senators to agree, we’re in business.
So, there’s really no need to settle for the Obama plan. As good as it is, it doesn’t go far enough.
Since, without any Republican votes, Democrats are going to have to resort to reconciliation anyway, they might as well use it to deliver something the American people need: a public plan option to free them from total dependency on insurance companies.
And you can help: go to whipcongress.com.
That’s my parting shot for today.