Monday, February 22, 2010
Short, Not Sweet
The Obama released his edited version of the Senate health reform bill and from early descriptions and a quick look through, it is the abomination his worst enemies wished he would produce. He leaves out the only thing in this whole reform drive people care about, according to all polls--a robust public option--and he leaves in the one thing that drives everyone to distraction, if not actual paroxysms of rage--a legal mandate that everyone purchase insurance from one of the private insurance companies that continue to rip them off. And it remains obscenely complicated. If this thing passes, we will all be subjected to the fruits of a monumental failure of our collective political leadership--Democratic and Republican.