We have all seen the national polls with Romney in the lead. Before completely losing our grip on reality, one week ago, the polls were reversed. The leads may change several times between now and the election.
The question is not whether the polls are good or bad, but what are we going to do about it?
I work weekends, so I was unable to comment over the weekend as it was a breaking story. As I was a very vocal opponenet of the DADT strategy that was used by the President, I felt I should offer this apology.
Before the House took up healthcare there were grumblings that the Congressional Progressive Caucus and their allies would "fold like a cheap suit" in the face of the Blue Dog, Conservadem and Republican opposition.
Surprisingly, the bill that came out of the House was progressive. It was not perfect. It was not Medicare for All. It did not cover all Americans. It was a start. Then the bill was sent to the Senate, you know, where "good legislation goes to die."
From the beginning of that process it was obvious the House Progressives were either going to have to fight or walk away. More below the fold....
I get that there is no panacea for healthcare reform. I get that there is no political will in Congress for a strong public option, much less Medicare for all. I get that you have to play with the cards that you are dealt, and President Obama does not have the cards to outbluff some senators.
I don't get how "something is always better than nothing." If there was a bill that gave Medicare for all but outlawed abortion, would that something be better than nothing? The bill that is being unveiled in the morning doesn't have Medicare for all, a public option, and (if Senator Nelson gets his way) no expansion in Medicaid spending. It does have mandates to buy health insurance and subsidies to fund them, but the subsidies are being paid for by taxes on already existing insurance plans. It will also negatively impact women's rights if Senator Nelson has his way.