Yes, of course it’s bad. But if they had this much trouble pushing what is really a REPUBLICAN, market-based version of healthcare reform, what do you think would have happened to single payer? Would it even have gotten to a vote?
I think this is a first step in the inevitability of single payer. It’s the only thing that makes long-term economic sense and there will be a lot of pressure to fix it. (Not to mention, the insurance companies will now escalate their abuse of their clients.)
I don’t care what the handwringers are saying this morning, the Republicans know this is the beginning of the end. Even Noam Chomsky says he would have “held his nose” and voted for it.
Obama’s not a liberal, but Nancy Pelosi is. Let’s see what she does with this.