Ezra on single payer: Let's you and Senator Baucus fight
All of the speakers described the abuses of the insurance industry with conviction and passion. Ezra Klein cautioned the audience of Single Payer supporters that the Senate was designed from its inception to preserve status quo, and it is doing its job brilliantly today. It is difficult to push through transformative change in the Senate because of its committee structure. “I am not your enemy,” Klein stated. “The Senate is your enemy. Max Baucus is your enemy. Unless we either remove or motivate Baucus [the powerful chairman of Senate Finance] serious change will never occur.”
“There is only one way to motivate Baucus to help us,” asserted Klein. “Elect progressives to the Senate.”
Create a raucous anti-Baucas Caucus.
Either Ezra Klein is exceptionally brave, or he likes roasting on a spit. .
I am trying to work out why Baucas is in such a position to do us harm. Baucus is not a member of the Senate HELP Committee, so he can't bottle it up in committee. Moreoever, three members of the Committee, Kennedy, Brown, and Saunders, are all on record as supporting single payer. Kennedy is the Chair, if he holds firm to his position (and I am worried about that) then we are certain to get a bill out of committee, particularly if the House passes it first. Remember, we already have 91 cosponsors in the House, that is a great deal of serious political muscle. So I think Ezra needs to explain how Baucus, who is not member of the committee with jurisdiction, can block this more than any other Senator.
We passed sanctions against South Africa with a Republican President and a Republican Senate. If we start worrying about personalities we will never get anywhere.
But I started to look into Montana politics. I can't find a pro-single payer website for Montana activists, but the Montana AFL-CIO has endorsed single payer.
There is only one congressman from Montana, the the Democratic Candidate does not look very promising.
Anyone from Montana in the Mighty Corrente Building?