Harkin goes right up to the line on single payer and drops the ball
Sen. Tom Harkin, one of the co-authors of the Affordable Care Act, now thinks Democrats may have been better off not passing it at all and holding out for a better bill.
“We had the power to do it in a way that would have simplified healthcare, made it more efficient and made it less costly and we didn’t do it,” Harkin told The Hill. “So I look back and say we should have either done it the correct way or not done anything at all.
“What we did is we muddled through and we got a system that is complex, convoluted, needs probably some corrections and still rewards the insurance companies extensively,” he added.
But he believes the nation might have been better off if Democrats didn’t bow to political pressure and settle for a policy solution he views as inferior to government-provided health insurance.
He believes Congress should have enacted “single-payer right from the get-go or at least put a public option would have simplified a lot.”
AAARGH!!!!!! Single payer the the public option are NOT THE SAME. Single payer is just that: Single. Payer. Not one of multiple options. One more option of many won't simplify squat. What's wrong with these people?
“We had the votes to do that and we blew it,” he said.
This is one of the many reasons I, er, strongly dislike Democrats. Because "had the votes" for single payer isn't at all the same as "had the votes" for public option. All he does is muddy the waters, and perpetuate perhaps the worst and most dishonest and destructive policy disinformation campaign on the face of the earth, carried on, as one might expect, by "progressives," and confuse the Public Option Magic Sparkle Pony with single payer and Medicare.
Harkin and other liberals are now faced with the bitter irony that the centrists tried to placate five years ago by crafting a labyrinthine market-based reform are now all out of the Senate.
“So as a result we’ve got this complicated thing out there called the Affordable Care Act,” he said.
He believes Congress should have moved legislation in the first 100 days after Obama’s inauguration, which drew over a million people to the National Mall on a frigid January day.
“There’s this old saying, ‘If you have the votes, vote. If you don’t, talk.’ We had the votes but we talked,” he said.
Well, yeah. Hey Democrats! I've got a solution! Stop sucking!