To my fellow bloggers on the right,
After the toughest week yet for health reform, leading Democrats are warning that the party likely will have to accept major compromises to get a bill passed this year – perhaps even dropping a proposal to create a government-run plan that is almost an article of faith among some liberals.
With August dominated by angry faces and raised voices at town hall meetings, influential Democrats began laying the groundwork for the fall, particularly with the party’s liberal base, saying they may need to accept a less-than-perfect bill to achieve health reform this year.
“Trying to hold the president’s feet to the fire is fine, but first we have to win the big argument,” former President Bill Clinton said Thursday at the Netroots Nation convention, a gathering of liberal activists and bloggers who will prove most difficult to convince. “I am pleading with you. It is OK with me if you want to keep everybody honest. . . . But try to keep this thing in the lane of getting something done. We need to pass a bill and move this thing forward.”
“I want us to be mindful we may need to take less than a full loaf,” he said after recounting the political troubles that followed his failed reform effort in 1994.
At best, we have won a skirmish – IF this is not smoke being blown by the Democrats smoke-blower-in-chief. (I am not convinced we have won even that much just yet.) Yes we have made a serious dent in their schemes, but we are not even close to being out of the woods on this yet.
We have a long way to go on this. Remember that Pelosi has already required that reconciliation be used – meaning that only 51 votes are needed in the Senate. Remember that there is a lot more to hate in these various bills being touted by the Democrats than just the public option.
If they get anything at all, they are looking at this as the camel’s nose under the tent. They will increment and “improve” anything they can get passed until it is socialized medicine. That is the ultimate goal. That is what Clinton pushed and that, very, very clearly, is the message of this article.
This is not a victory. We have to keep focused and keep fighting. We have to.
Don’t get sold the way the left has already. These people have zero scruples and will backstab anyone to get what they want.
Think long haul here, people. We have to be in it until ObamaCare is dead, dead, dead. Do not get suckered by Slick Willy – again.
We can win. We have not won yet.
UPDATE: Many thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link.
UPDATE: Wow – a lot of traffic and a lot of comments. A couple of new developments since I wrote this post. Visitors might be interested in this post and this one. In addition, Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) has called the “public option a “wasted effort“.
Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., one of six negotiators trying to hammer out a bipartisan compromise measure on the Senate Finance Committee, told “FOX News Sunday” that the so-called public option simply does not have the votes to pass.
“The fact of the matter is there are not the votes in the United States Senate for the public option. There never have been,” he said. “So to continue to chase that rabbit I think is just a wasted effort.”
It is even more important now that OUR efforts against this expansion of govenment power is not a wasted effort. Thanks for stopping by and reading. Hang in there, folks. Don’t let up for an instant.
UPDATE: And this latest post – the Post Office medical system.