Progressives and health care, an unedifying tale
In general, I think people shouldn’t need another blog to remind them to go read Glenn Greenwald. But occasionally, the GG writes a post so important (and one which the prog-blogs will be nattering on about for days) that I feel impelled to draw attention to it. Here he is on the “negotiating” strategy of progressives on the health care bill, and how they’re like beavers who’d chew off their own balls to get out of a trap:
Whether progressives are doing the right thing in supporting this bill is debatable (there’s a strong progressive case for the bill — a bill that restricts industry abuses and vastly expands coverage is inherently progressive — and a strong progressive case that it does more harm than good)… What’s not debatable is that this process highlighted — and worsened — the virtually complete powerlessness of the Left and progressives generally in Washington.
As an added dispiriting bonus, the first update to the post links to a NYT reporter seeming to confirm what GG and others have long suspected: “the WH negotiated secret ‘quid pro quo’ deals with the health insurance industry based on the premise that there’d be no public option in the final bill.” If true, I don’t think it should come as much of a surprise. Indeed, if it wasn’t true, the behaviour of the Obama admin in this debate/debacle would actually be a lot harder to account for.