|Here is Kathleen Sebelius giving the Republicans, and the lunatic fringe that stifled voices at townhalls a huge victory, and giving the Progressive base the finger:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says Obama still believes there should be choice and competition" in the health insurance market - but that a public option is "not the essential element."
Obama has been pressing for the government to run a health insurance organization to help cover the nation's nearly 50 million uninsured. But he had not seen a not-for-profit co-op as sufficient to offer consumers choice and competition that would bring down the costs of private insurance.
And of course, Republicans are rejoicing in there victory. As Bernie Sanders put it, Heads they win, tails we lose:
Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama says a potential administration shift from a government-run health insurance to a privately run cooperative is something that opponents like him should consider.
Shelby is a vocal opponent of the health care overhaul proposed by President Barack Obama. Shelby says he sees insurance co-ops as "a step away from the government take over of the health care system."
He says "that's something we should look at."
Anything that makes Republicans such as Shelby so happy cannot be a good thing for America, or anyone that works, or anyone who cannot afford insurance. This will serve as yet another big giveaway of Corporate welfare to the insurance companies and chances are now we will be mandated to buy insurance we cannot afford under the guise of a "cooperation".
This idea was born of Kent Conrad and as usual is just another giveaway to big business:
Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota has been pushing the co-op system as an alternative to a government-run public option to help cover the nation's nearly 50 million uninsured. Conrad says it's an idea that has worked well in other business models.
I hope Mr. Conrad is happy. The stab in the back is complete. Having talked to many Progressives in the last couple of months about this there will be a whole lot of disappointment about this.
As Bill Maher has stated, this country has one far-right lunatic party, and one center-right party that defends the Corporations at all costs. I believe this was orchestrated from the very beginning to make folks like us think they were "trying" to get real reform but all along our President and most of our Representatives and Senators planned on selling us down the river.
I hope that the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus will vote against this and send Universal Healthcare back to the drawing board. I could care less if Barack Obama gets his "victory" on this legislation and would much rather see no reform at all than this garbage being shoved down our throats.
Who will stand up and fight for us?? If this is the bill we get and it gets passed then the wind is completely deflated from my sails for 2010 and 2012. The more I think about it Progressives need a party of our own because it is very apparent that the Democrats have sold their souls to the highest bidder, and the lunatic fringe of our country.