To briefly review, Lowden, the favorite to beat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in Nevada this year, recently encouraged voters to “barter with your doctor.” On Monday, Lowden reiterated and expanded upon this, praising a health care delivery system in line with “the olden days” when those seeking medical care “would bring a chicken to the doctor.” Despite the mockery this had already received, she added, “I'm not backing down from that system.”
Don't like the way the health care bill is shaping up? Glenn G. says Blame Obama.
Sounds about right to me.
Note that this is in one sense worse than the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. Obama promised us more war in the campaign. This health care bill — and the administration's Rahmian maneuvers about it — breaks several promises.
(The war and the health care bill both involve life and death decisions; arguably the war is worse as so many of those being killed have not even a theoretical say in the matter.)
Video by the Progressive Change Campaign Comission. It gets a nice shot in at Olympia Snowe, too. She deserves it since her stand seems entirely unprincipled and driven by fear of her caucus.
One thing, though: although an Obama campaign white paper did mention the public option, he really didn't campaign on it. Indeed, Obama's somewhat cautious health care policy was one of the reasons why I wasn't a bigger fan in the primaries. The problem with Obama's policies here is, to me, more one of consistent timidity rather than going back on a pledge. And then there's Rham too…
The search for a Democratic spine has consumed more than a decade, almost two. Signs of one were briefly located in Howard Dean, but the party's antibodies seem to have rejected him. Signs of small ones have been seen in the House although the incidence is very erratic. Now Rachel Maddow claims that two “major power brokers,” unnamed, are trying to inject one into Harry Reid by having the party strip committee chairmanships and subcommittee chairmanships for anyone who voted to support a GOP filibuster on health care reform.
My guess is that this is atmospherics designed to spur the uncertain rather than something that can actually happen. Do spines grow back after they atrophy?