House Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY28) who chairs the House Rules Committee says that the senate should kill their bill and start over. Slaughter cites both a lack of a public option and a lack of competition as her reasons.
It is hard to tell if Slaughter is being sincere or if she is just holding out for a payoff like Senator Ben Nelson got. I certainly am not holding out for her to be the fly in the ointment. The truth, whether Slaughter, realizes it or not is that there is no turning back for Dems on health care reform.
The Dems have boxed themselves in on Health Care Reform. After wreckless spending and exposing their true views on health care, the Dems have damaged their brand. If they don’t take over this vast part of our economy now, it is never going to happen.
Americans have learned what progressive health care reform looks like and the majority of them want no part of it. It will be a very long time, if ever, before the Dems every get total control of the government again and the Democrats will never be able to speak about health care reform without the public remembering these awful bills.
With a well deserved smack down coming in the 2010 midterm elections, the Dems must either take over the health care industry now or watch their 40 year dream die forever. Harry and Nancy realize this. This is why they have been so underhanded in the first place. Even now, Harry and Nancy are working on the “ping-pong” strategy rather than risk everything falling apart when the House and Senate bills are merged.
So if Slaughter or any of the other moderates think starting over is an option for Harry, Nancy and the other hardcore progressives, they need to know it ain’t gonna happen.