Re: Jon Walker's Defense of the Indefensible
Jon Walker recently wrote a post called "The Public Option Is Not Symbolic; It Is Foundational" on FDL. I have responded to Jon before about this, and this time, I was not in the mood to keep repeating the same old tired points. Here's my response this time:
We need to realize that FDL policy is to constantly push this line about the public option despite the fact that much of it has nothing to do with reality. I am not sure that this is Jon Walker talking. It seems to be FDL talking.
Any of these are very doable changes that could have completely changed the dynamics in only a few years.
Legalizing drug importation is a very doable idea that could change the dynamics of the drug market in a few years. But it never happened.
Expanding Medicare to those aged 55-64 is a very doable idea that could completely change the dynamics of Medicare in a few years. But…it never happened.
If the public option was able to to sell to the entire private insurance market
If pigs could fly…
To argue otherwise is intellectual dishonesty
Look who’s talking.
You may not agree with the methods that the supporters of the public option are using, but pretending that they are somehow fools chasing after symbolism
Not fools–in this case they’re paid bloggers with a party line. Even from the perspective of what is in this particular bill, the Medicaid expansion was far more important than the public option, for example. It insures at least 15 million (more if you use the CMS estimates) people compared with the 6 million of the public option. It is hard to see why either the taxes used to fund the bill, or the subsidies that would apply to all exchange participants and not just public option participants, were manifestly less important either. This is not even discussing single payer, because that comparison hardly needs discussion.
FDL will now probably attempt to rewrite history to duck the fact that their strategy was an absurd, pre-compromised mess and quite predictably produced a miserable failure. It’s up to us to not let them get away with it, which is why I advocate crossposting everything at Corrente and ZBlogs and also thinking about how we can start new blogs that actually dare to take progressive positions.