Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Health Care Hootenanny

Well it certainly has blown up over the past couple of days hasn't it?

The bill coming out of the Senate (maybe) doesn't please most progressives, and once again Joe Lieberman (I-wretched narcissism) probably won't end up paying any price for his nonsensical objections and delaying tactics.

Really it gets to messy to go into detail about, particularly when I'm in grad school for environmental management, not public health.

Once again I'll send you over to Ezra Klein for the details, both on what an ass Lieberman is, how many more people will die if health care reform fails, and why this bill is better than nothing.

The biggest question that leaps to mind is whether the House will pass the Senate bill with the Progressive Caucus saying they won't vote for any bill without a robust public option. Steny Hoyer says he thinks it will get through.

Also worth noting that there are already plans making the rounds to get this passed and then come back for a public option or medicare buy in via reconciliation sometime next year.

The Plum Line links to kill or pass arguments from around the left.

I've probably said this before, but if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of health care reform you need to be reading what Ezra Klein has to say.

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