Thursday, December 10, 2009
Pelosi Backs Off Public Option
Now that it's official that the "public option" died on the table today at 11:12 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, I can only say that I'm really not surprised. As I stated in an August blog post, I'm sure that Congress will eventually pass some form of health care reform in order to allow us all to pretend that America has taken one small step in the right direction. But to use a football analogy, driving 80 yards down the field means very little if you falter in the red zone and have to settle for a field goal.
As a nation, we have yet to determine that quality health care for all is a right. We say that we want health care reform, we just don't want it bad enough to make the sacrifices necessary to make it a reality. After all, most Americans have some form of coverage, don't they? We certainly can't cut the budgets for defense spending, farm subsidies and building new prisons. We wouldn't want to make the insurance mad. After all, they might threaten to raise everyone's premiums or refuse to offer coverage in certain states. And of course, no politician can afford to lose those campaign dollars, can they?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost