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  •  I'm thinking back to 2001 when George Bush (11+ / 0-)

    proposed his massive tax cuts the first time. It was a joke. The votes weren't there; even GOP moderates (and there were a lot of them back then) thought it was beyond the pale. And besides, the Dems would filibuster the deal in the Senate if it came to that, right? I mean, Bush had a negative mandate of 500k Presidential votes just two months before he proposed it, and without the relentless hectoring from Bush, his minions and RW think tanks it would have gone nowhere.  Jesus, they had to trot out Greenspan finally to garner the last couple votes they lacked to put it over the top.

    The votes are never there in momentous legislation until such time as political will among party leadership is marshaled to drum them up (note: Bush's tax cuts never had the popular backing that single payer has had since Obama took office).  Re-watch "Lincoln" if you're not getting my point. Taking a proposal off the table before any debate is even  allowed, on the other hand, is how you scuttle any discussion of the issue altogether.  It's also how you negotiate with yourself instead of with the opposition, a laughable political tactic that Bush repeatedly, rightfully derided during his very successful string of ramming shit down Americans' throats - and one that current Dems repeatedly employ as their Party SOP.

    Imagine, if you will, that single payer had been on the table even though the consensus was that it wasn't going to make the final cut, and that the final product would be the ACA that we now have: Dems, instead of just issuing apologies and putting out virtual brush fires following the enrollment disaster, would also be able to make the very strong points in single payer's favor that Sanders made in your huffpo link, blaming the current disaster on the fact that single payer was rejected while simultaneously pushing universal health care (which, as the link points out, we still won't have even after ACA is completely up and running) closer to reality.  

    And who knows but what the final ACA product would have been a less idiotically jury-rigged bureaucratic chimera as a result of single payer having at least a nominal purchase in the discussion istead of the blackout it got. But instead we have your outlier news item that couches the position of single payer advocates like Sanders and McDermott in wistful, impotent terms while folks like me decide whether to get some necessary blood work done, or to get my car fixed.  

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi, 6/30/07 // "Succeed?" At what?

    by nailbender on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 05:51:15 AM PST

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