16 September 2009

Are Progressives finding their backbone?

Nah, it can't be:

Rockefeller to Baucus, Conrad: Co-ops Are a Sham, Public Option Is a Must | TPMDC
As part of that study, [Rockefeller] asked the Government Accountability Office to bring together all of the research it had done over the years into the effectiveness of co-ops in the insurance market. Today, he sent a fairly scathing letter to Finance chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and chief co-op advocate Kent Conrad (D-ND) regarding the results.

Rockefeller, who says he regards the public option as a "must," writes, "there has been no significant research into consumer co-ops as a model for the broad expansion of health insurance. What we do know, however, is that this model was tried in the early part of the 20th century and largely failed."
This comes on the heels of Rockefeller's assertion that he cannot vote for the Finance bill in its current form.  Interestingly, lame duck senator Roland Burris (D-Blago) said today that he will vote against any bill that does not contain a public option.   Viewed in the context of the House Progressive Caucus' insistence on a public option in any health reform bill, it really makes one wonder whether progressives are finally discovering their spines and trying to flex a little political muscle for the first time in a generation.  It's heartening, and should make for some good political theater this fall.

Of course we all know how it's going to end: they're democrats, and ultimately, they will roll over as they always do.  Just like the Cubbies, and every bit as reliable.  Prove me wrong, guys!

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