Adventures in Health Care 2: What Hold Does Holy Joe Have Over The Democratic Senate?

Can someone please explain to me why the entire Democratic side of the Senate would back down because of one man? Who the hell is Joe Lieberman to decide for the entire country who has a right to health care and who does not?

It is so plain that the man is in the pocket of the insurance companies as to be silly. If the health care bill as it stands is allowed to pass, then what damudbug posted in response to a forum topic here at Mondo Cult, will be reality, to wit:

Here is the Republicans’ health care reform program:




I didn’t make this up-one of the congressmen used it during a speech several weeks ago.

I have to say, when someone wants me to die, it makes me want to reciprocate……….

Fuck these assholes in the insurance companies!  They would just as soon see millions of folks (literally) DIE from lack of care.  As far as I am concerned, insurance in all its forms should be outlawed.  Rip the sucker down and start from scratch.  There has just got to be a better way…

The bottom line is that all people in this country should be covered by some kind of affordable health care. No one cares what they call it or how they do it, just get it done. Option, subsidy, whatever the hell – just get it done.

And is this folding of the tents on the liberal left reasonable? Is this what we elected to represent us on the Hill? Mr. Obama and his congress are a sore disappointment in this as well as some other things which I go into in the forum, but this health care issue is the absolute limit. I would rather see them table it and come back after Christmas and get the job done right than vote on it now when there is so damned much at stake.

Giving up now is nothing more nor less than giving in and keeping everything as it has been. That is not good enough. This country requires a change and Mr. Obama promised change in his campaign. The slogan “Yes We Can” has become a joke around this house.

Yes We Can what, Mr. President?

  • Yes we can go back to business as usual?
  • Yes we can let the citizenry of the United States go whistle for health care?
  • Yes we can let one man represent the pharmaceutical lobbies in DC and squash any chance of legitimate reform?
  • Yes we can continue to ignore the people in favor of lining political and corporate pockets?

Hey! Barry! I’m beginning to wish I’d never given you my vote. Not even a year in office and you and your majority Congress have folded in the face of one greedy, small-minded bullshit artist. I guess I’m not really angry with Joe. He can’t help being an asshole. He was born that way; but the tremendous lack of balls in the Democratic Senate and apparently in the Oval Office as well is more than a disappointment. It’s downright demoralizing.

Thanks a lot guys. If we all make it to the next election (I expect several of us may well be dead by then due to lack of medical attention) and things are as they are today, I can assure you, my vote will be cast elsewhere.

Breaking News: Nelson supports health bill after tough bargaining.

3 thoughts on “Adventures in Health Care 2: What Hold Does Holy Joe Have Over The Democratic Senate?

  1. oldmanster

    Just got a form email from Harry Reid trying to justify the Senate bill as something to be proud of. No way to reply, unfortunately for me, fortunately for him.

    I’ve been told the reason that reconciliation has not been broached (51 votes rather than 60, if anyone doesn’t know the procedure) is that it would take too long, and the bill would not be passed by the end of this month, which is Obama’s target date.

    I’m not sure reconciliation would work anyway. There are a whole bunch of Blue Dogs, probably more than 9, who could scotch that process if they banded together.

    I’m remaining adamant that and other progressive Americans should lobby Bernie Sanders and Alan Grayson and anyone else who might stand up to the so-called “moderates” in the Senate and House, to vote against the bill. If that puts us back to square one, so be it. The few positive concessions that have been thrown at the American people do nothing to wrest control of health care away from insurance and pharmaceutical companies. And… if the Stupak Amendment and whatever Senate clone appears goes through, the bill will do more harm to individual choice than anyone can possibly imagine.

    That’s my hobby horse, and I’m stickin’ to the saddle.

  2. Cameron

    Hmmm, interesting point, Joe: as prisoners have healthcare, that would make breaking the law by not buying insurance a way to get healthcare. That could be a useful campaigning tool. Mass refusal, mass lawbreaking, could be a televisual successor to burning Vietnam draft cards at the courthouse: large crowds of people turning themselves in at police stations (precinct houses, is it?) for not having bought health insurance…

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