Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ad On Lieberman And The Public Option: "It's All About Joe"

Last November, Rachel Maddow said that the Democrats should strip Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) of his chairmanship of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Maddow contended that even if Democrats don't get their filibuster-proof 60 votes, they "...have lost Lieberman anyway." She was right.

Whether the Democrats manage to reach a new agreement to resolve the public health insurance option dispute, the fact remains that Lieberman played a major role in making it necessary for them to do so. Further, his stance does not reflect the state he claims to represent. But Lieberman only represents Lieberman. That's the point of the following ad produced by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. The narrator is John Mertens, former chairman of the Connecticut for Lieberman party who has broken away from him and is running in 2010 for the senate seat held by Christopher J. Dodd. Watch:


Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

The public option is obviously as dead as a doornail. My advice to the progressives is to take what they can get now.

I don't know what kind of health care reform will come out of this session, but I strongly suspect it won't be much. There is, however a silver lining behind this very dark cloud. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Don't be embarrassed if you've never heard of it, there really isn't a hell of a lot to remember about it; a mere pittance, really - a scrap of leftovers tossed out to "American Negros" (in the parlance of the age) in order to appease them. But it made the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - the one we remember - all the more easier seven years later.

We'll live to fight another day.


Tom Degan

Jeff Tone said...

Tom: It's clear that we're not going to get anything near what progressives want: Medicare for all. Even the puny public option is on its deathbed. But "what we can get now" may still be a big improvement in several areas, if we get rid of the pre-existing conditions nonsense, make it illegal to drop consumers from health insurance and lower Medicare to age 55. Increasing Medicare eligibility is better than the public option as it now stands. And yes, these changes may be the basis for further reforms.