In which lambert apologizes for being prematurely correct
Oh, and by the way, we're going to need to destroy social security in order to appease some phantom future bond holders but we can't do anything about the single biggest cause of the deficit --- health care costs --- beyond some vague rube-goldberg mechanisms [haw] that we hope will start working in a few decades. That's because it's unamerican socialism to even think about doing anything those backward countries like England and New Zealand do.
So it's really too bad that the A listers, without exception, imposed a news blackout on single payer policy and single payer advocates, when they weren't banning them (or, in Hamsher's sad case, actually returning their money during a fundraiser). And it's also too bad that by shilling for the vacuous so-called "public option" bait and switch, the A listers sucked all the oxygen out of the discourse for alternatives like single payer, that could, ya know, actually be shown to save both lives and money.
Because if they hadn't done that, we'd be that much farther ahead for the next round, and there would be some dim chance that we could get single payer onto the table, and maybe save some lives.
And pointing all this out, of course, makes me the asshole. Glad to be of service, peeps.
NOTE Adding to the hilarity, the A listers -- fully paid up and front pew members of the Church of the Savvy -- were betrayed by Obama on [a|the] [strong|robust] public [health insurance]? [option|plan] from the very beginning. Look! Over there! Sarah Palin!