Robert Scheer, with video (00:30) from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
How dare a progressive suggest a vote against the Senate health bill? When Howard Dean did just that last week he was roundly condemned for casting aspersions on what even many of its more ardent supporters admit is an obviously flawed bill. Instead of focusing their wrath on the few obstructionists in the Senate who blackmailed the majority into dropping a much needed public option in order to avoid a filibuster, they made Dean the villain for daring to suggest that passage of this deeply compromised legislation might make the nation’s health care system worse.Howie P.S.: I love Bob Scheer but I hope his scenario of what might happen after passage of the bill is too gloomy. His defense of Howard Dean is "write on." My hope is that the bill will be a "first step" to real universal health care. House leaders are looking for ways to improve the bill without jeopardizing the 60-40 vote margin currently required for approval in the Senate. From Bill Boyarsky's "The Deadly Cost of Blocking Health Care Reform":
Hopefully, if the bill is passed, Dean will be proved wrong and I respect the man enough to expect that he would welcome a positive outcome. But I fear that the opposite will occur, with the cause of health reform given a bum rap as costs increase, the public feels ripped off and Obama is held responsible for the health care mess he insists he can correct without getting to the heart of the problem: providing a publicly accountable alternative to the proven greed of medical industry corporations.
The liberals attacking the Senate health reform bill must never have known real illness. They’ve never been fired at the age of 50 and left without health insurance. They’ve probably never known anyone who died for lack of health insurance.Boyarsky fires some personal shots at Dean, as well, proving once again that "the left" rarely speaks with one voice in the USA.