Aired on Monday, Rachel Maddow reported on the switch a day made between the White House statements of the weekend and those on Monday. Jane Hamsher, of FireDogLake, joined Rachel at the end of the segment to discuss her effort to lead a progressive push for a public healthcare option in any case. [My comment after the video.]
[my comments] I do not agree with Hamsher that no reform is better than some reform, if that’s her position. I wonder, however, if that’s exactly what she said. Her response to Maddow’s question was more on the lines of ‘Why should we have to make a choice?’
If the final choice is no reform, by rejecting a bill created in the first 8 months of a presidency, or accepting a significant reform that will help millions yet needs more work, will she continue to say the reform must fail because it does not have a public option?
This is hardball politics. Usually that means that without a unified party, and the Republicans are better than the Democrats at a unified front, there is compromise at the last moment. I’m hopeful for a public option as well but we are being outgunned on the pr front by the Republicans yet again. We’ll have to wait and see.