Messaging Madness, FireDogLake Edition
I admit it, I signed Firedoglake's "kill the bill" petition, and due to that momentary burst of enthusiasm, I am now on the FDL mailing list.
Today I received this gem in my Inbox:
You were one of almost 40,000 activists who signed our petition to kill the Senate's bill - thanks so much for your support.
While the Senate's terrible health care bill passed early on Christmas Eve, the fight is far from over. Each chamber of Congress has to vote for a final bill that has yet to be shaped. At that point, President Obama's signature will deliver the final word on health care reform.
65 Members of Congress pledged to make a public plan available to all Americans. If the final bill does not contain a public option, these Representatives need to honor their pledge and either remove the mandate for everyone to buy private insurance, or kill the bill.
Call progressive Members of Congress today and find out where they stand on forcing Americans to purchase insurance from the insurance industry. Let them know: No Public Option, No Mandate.
Okay, let me get this straight. I signed a petition to kill the bill because there was no public option. But that was a while ago. I thought FDL was now all about single-payer. Why is this email, stressing the public option, even going out now? Doesn't the left hand know what the left hand is doing?
The other problem I see is that the FDL folks are now even backing off their demand for the public option, despite the fact that the entire petition is about...demanding the public option. Let me repeat this poorly-written, confusing paragraph for you. I know I had to read it three times to understand it.
If the final bill does not contain a public option, these Representatives need to honor their pledge and either remove the mandate for everyone to buy private insurance, or kill the bill.
I am just flabbergasted, because none of the Congresscritters pledged to give up the individual mandate in that petition. They did, however, pledge to kill the bill without a public option. Now the FDL folks are claiming that to remove the individual mandate will honor the pledge they made to keep the public option. It's like saying, "I know you won't honor your promise to bake me cookies. But if you don't take me horseback riding, which you never promised to do in the first place, then you, sir, are a blackguard! En garde!"
And what's this mandate vs. public option blah blah blah? The two have nothing to do with one another. You can have an individual mandate AND a public option if you want to. So how did we get to this type of horse trading?
So much for Jane's brief shining moment as a single-payer pseudo-advocate. The public option is baaaaack, people. And now, it's ANGRY!
And so am I.
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.