Defining Victory Down

March 22nd, 2010at 07:39am Posted by Eli

Choice

President Obama says “every American will finally be guaranteed affordable, high quality health care coverage.”  The DSCC says “insurance companies won’t be able to drop people who get sick.”  And MoveOn calls it “a major progressive victory.”  But what did we actually get?

We got mandates that deliver a huge captive market to the insurance companies whose callousness and greed caused the healthcare crisis in the first place, and no public option to provide an honest alternative.  We got government subsidies for low-income families who will be forced to buy insurance they can’t afford to use.  And worst of all, we got the biggest giveaway ever on women’s reproductive rights, and an executive order enshrining the Hyde Amendment into official government policy… issued by a president who once pledged to repeal it.

We didn’t get legalization of drug reimportation from other countries, or permission for Medicare to use its bargaining power to get better drug prices.  And we sure as hell didn’t get the public option that Obama claimed to be such a huge supporter of, but never raised a finger for – even when it was attainable through reconciliation.  I am also not entirely convinced that the anti-rescission language is all that much stronger than current law, nor that the bill provides for any effective means to enforce it.

This was not a triumphant victory for anyone but the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, and the enemies of a woman’s right to choose.  It was a monstrous, multi-directional sellout, and Obama and the Democrats will reap the electoral whirlwind in November and 2012 for passing a bill that most Americans hate.

If this is victory, then why do I feel so defeated?

Entry Filed under: Choice,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Wankers


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