Monday, February 22, 2010

Lucy And The Football... Again - UPDATED

Bills in Congress don't suck much worse than this one. David Dayen, at the end of his summary:
You’ll notice I’ve left off the public option. It’s not in this bill. Neither is any change beyond the Senate bill of the abortion funding provisions.
Individual mandates? You betcha... or you pay a penalty of 2.5 percent of income. Public option, for the 60-70 percent of Americans who would rather go that route? Uh-uh. Dream on. You think this is a representative democracy or something?

Remember, this is Obama's personally crafted plan. It's what he apparently really wants, or at least what Rahm wants. And it withholds the reforms the public wants most, as shown by virtually every poll. Obama has promised both a public option and no individual mandates, but like Lucy, he's yanked away the football again at the last instant. Now that's change you can believe in.

UPDATE: it's official; Obama is against a public option.

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