Baucus in meeting with single payer advocates: I might not press charges, now STFU
Senator Max Baucus met Wednesday with advocates for single-payer healthcare, including Senator Bernie Sanders, and told them that he might drop criminal charges against 13 people arrested for speaking up in his hearings, but that he would not include any supporters of single-payer health coverage in any future hearings.
Then the hearings are a sham, plain and simple.
According to one report, Baucus suggested that he'd been mistaken to exclude single-payer but asserted that the process of creating healthcare reform legislation was too far along now to correct that omission.
Reminds me of an old saying from the world of graphic arts: There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over. Well, Obaucus plan is a FAIL in the making, so doing it over is exactly what we will end up doing. So why not do the right thing now?
And what Bernie Sanders said:
Senator Sanders said after the meeting that if healthcare reform did not create a single-payer system it shouldn't be done at all, and that within three or four years we would realize we'd solved nothing. He said that it would be better to increase funding for community health centers and take steps to make it easier for medical students to go into primary care, than to enact major reforms that didn't go to the root of the problem.
We're going to lock another decade's worth of Americans into health care for profit so Obama can get something done NOW NOW NOW (that is, before the mid-terms?) Why? Bernie Sanders is God.
NOTE * Another decent diary at Kos. Who knew? Of course, the OFB have infested the comment threads, but honestly, when you've got people who are willing to go to jail for single payer, what does a little relentlessness from a few Kool-Aid dripping typists mean?