The Obama never ceases to amaze me with the power of his oratory if not the boldness of his programs. He gave the speech I had thought he should give--me and an army of others, which is to say that I have no fantasies that the Obama's web crawlers detected, retrieved, and shared anything from this blog--with that one glaring exception. He could not voice the inevitable conclusion--that a single-payer program is the only reasonable solution to this mess.... I think he knows that insurance combines, coops, or whatnots won't work because the insurance companies are not going to reform, not going to change their ways and offer simple, affordable comprehensive health insurance when they can get together and offer scores of plans with suites of options and prices longer and more complex than the great chain of being or an airline reservation system. I think the Obama has made the calculation that the system has to be given one last chance at self-reform before Congress will vote for a single-payer plan.
In any event, whether he anticipates it or not, that's likely to happen. Let's hope that it happens before the insurance industry can inflict too much more harm on people.
For now I'll just admire the speech. He turned the tables on the Republican lunatics.