Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if the Blue Dogs are yellow, or just stupid. The 98 pound weaklings of the Democratic Party are already signaling their willingnedd to roll over and play dead on a key aspect of healthcare reform:
These officials said drafters of the legislation will include a government-run insurance option as well as plans offered by private companies. The government option draws near-unanimous opposition from Republicans and provokes concerns among many Democrats, as well, although President Barack Obama has spoken out in favor of it.
For those of youwho don’t speak Democratese, “provokes concerns” means “causes fainting spells.”
What problem do the Republicans and their azure canine playmates have with the public option?
Equally troublesome politically is the issue of a government insurance option. Critics argue it would render private companies unable to compete, and it has emerged as a key sticking point in the Democratic search for a bipartisan plan in the Senate.
Wait, I thought a government-run plan would be a horrible disaster that would have patients lined up at clinics like Soviet bread lines, forcing them to see government-approved butchers instead of their own trusted physicians, and feature heartless bureaucrats denying lifesaving treatment. Private insurance companies couldn’t compete with that?
I plan to write a whole lot more about healthcare this week, so I won’t go too deeply into it here, but a public option is key to achieving the best possible outcome, short of single-payer.
If house democrats are “concerned” about a public option, it means they either don’t lke the idea (meaning they’re morons), they don’t want to piss off insurance companies (warmer), or they don’t think they can get the votes (Bingo!).
These are people who refuse to show leadership, while simultaneously refusing to allow it. They’re the little kid sitting on third base, crying, while the rest of us wait to resume the game.
Passing healthcare reform should be the easiest thing in the world. The GOP playbook on this is written in crayon, and in large print.