Joe Sudbay (AMERICAblog) with video 01:46):
Jed compiled some of Rachel Maddow's best lines from her appearance on yesterday's Meet the Press. In just one minute and forty-six seconds, she imparted more wisdom and knowledge that David Gregory and George Stephanopoulos can muster in years -- and more than everyone on FOX has since the network went on the air.Jonathan Cohn (TNR):
David Dayen (FDL):
Marcia Angell, M.D., is one of the nation's most well-respected experts on health care issues. And with good reason. A board-certified pathologist who also trained in internal medicine, she's a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Her writing credits include The Truth About Drug Companies and an award-winning article at TNR on the same subject. (She co-wrote that with Arnold Relman, a distinguished physician, writer, and intellectual in his own right.)As I've argued repeatedly, the House bill is not close to perfect. Neither is its Senate counterpart. But we don't pass perfect laws in the U.S. We pass imperfect ones and then do our very best to improve them over time.
It happened that way with Social Security and Medicare. It can happen that way with comprehensive health care reform, too. But only if we do something, rather than nothing.
Aides in the Senate leadership expect a version of the Stupak amendment to be debated in the Senate, but only as an amendment, not embedded into the bill being merged by Harry Reid.