What’s the phrase about how it’s always darkest before the dawn? I truly want to believe that in the end, we will get a good health care plan with a strong public option. The problem has become that between fearmongering and trying to make everybody happy, the nation is understandably uneasy about it.
The last two days worth of news has been brutal. The Senate Finance Committee proposal may not have a public option. They do have chocolate covered potato chips and other tasty junk foods available while they work. Today, I read that Obama’s Doctor in Chicago, who is in favor of a single-payer option, blasts his former patient for trying to please too many people. Finally, I hear that while promoting reform, the White House has changed the phrase “health care reform” to “insurance reform”. While this might seem like semantics, I read that to mean that they are no longer trying to reform our health care system, which is what we desperately need, to reforming insurance, which is nice, but doesn’t fix the problem. It’s like putting a wad of gum into a leaky dam.
So, yeah, while I’m optimistic that all will end well, I, like the rest of the country, am feeling a bit uneasy at how this is progressing. Fortunately, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was on Rachel Maddow last night. As always, Sanders is honest and straightforward. You owe it to yourself to take five minutes and listen to what he has to say.
How about we all get together on Labor Day and march for a strong public option?