Sunday, June 28, 2009

Washington Post- Flakking for Insurance Companies Again

From an opinion piece in the Washington Post (where else?) showing the ludicrous lengths the press will go to in collaborating with Republicans to see to it that the public does not get the health care reform that well over 70% of us support:

"Health Care Activists Targeting Democrats
Sniping Among Liberals May Jeapordize Votes Needed to Pass Bill"

"Sniping" being Washington Post language for supporting the will of three quarters of the country.

"Activists say they are simply pressing for quick delivery of "true health reform," but the intraparty rift runs the risk of alienating centrist Democrats who will be needed to pass a bill. "

In other words, activists campaigning for a meaningful health care reform bill are threatening the ability of the Senate to pass a phony, sham bill which will deliver nothing.

"Much of the sparring centers around whether to create a government-managed health insurance program that would compete with private insurers. Obama supports the concept...."

"But in the Senate, where the Democrats do not have the 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster, members are weighing alternatives such as a nonprofit cooperative or a "fallback" provision that would kick in only if market reforms fail. "

I. e. total capitulation to the insurance companies and HMO's. That's the fallback position. "Activists," in trying to pass a real bill are risking the chance to sell out once again on this issue.

"One Democratic strategist who is working full-time on health reform was apoplectic over what he called wasted time, energy and resources by the organizations.

The strategist, who asked for anonymity because he was criticizing colleagues, said: "These are friends of ours. I would much rather see a quiet call placed by [Obama chief of staff] Rahm Emanuel saying this isn't helpful. Instead, we try to decimate them?"

How about a call from Rahm telling the Democrats that are siding with the insurance companies that if they don't get on the bus, it's going to roll over them at the next election, Mr. "strategist who asked for anonymity?"

How about a call to everyone from Rahm saying that, if the Democrats cave on this issue, we may as well hand the Senate back to the Republicans?

Once again, according to the Washington Post, the only way forward for our country is to do what the Republicans want, regardless of the desires of the overwhelming majority of the American people.

If only it were this one silly, irrelevant newspaper. But it's not. The mainstream press still will not face up to the incredible damage done to the country, with their wholehearted support. If the Democrats listen to their garbage once again, it will be a disaster for all of us.

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