The majority of Americans want health care reform. Democrats hold a majority in Congress. Nevertheless, leading Dems like Dick Durbin are 'signaling' that they are 'ready to compromise' to pass a bill.
It begs the question: Compromise with who? (Pretend for a moment that you didn't shout 'HEALTH CARE LOBBYISTS').
Realistically, will the majority of Americans accept that a majority of the Congress has their hands tied on health care reform by an increasingly shrill minority?
Why turn yellow when an independent audit has just identified that about 1/2 of our health care spending is completely wasted, with profit-driven testing & insurance paperwork accounting for $1 out of every $5 spent? That's a 'Stimulus'-size health care orgy every year!
Why are Dems so afraid of not being able to improve on a dismal system that is leeching the life out of our economic system and our society?
On health care, compromise will not be seen as 'bipartisan', 'noble' or 'wise'. Rather, the following conclusion is far more likely in the heartland: What's the point of giving Dems power if they won't use it to hold up their end of the deal?
I'm not a Democrat - but I can't help but feel pity for a party that doesn't seem to know what to do when polling matches their principles.
Are Democrats more afraid of passing health care reform on their watch because they actually think it might fail? Do they really think that they can 'set the dialogue' for a future in which they explain that the failed health care reform was 'compromised' from birth? Sorry, won't do.
Truth be told, I wouldn't mind seeing the Democratic party fail...though it would preferably happen about 1 minute after the Republican party. Nonetheless, I'm mystified by how spineless the Dems are...no wonder they can't get any respect despite their party platform more closely matching that of the majority of Americans. Dems are poised to implode under their own inability to handle an unprecedented Presidential victory coupled with fillibuster-proof majorities in Congress.
Seems likes there's not much change to believe in after all.