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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

All that's left of health care reform is a collection of piece-of-shit, weakling proposals that are preposterously expensive and contain almost nothing meaningful — and that set of proposals, meanwhile, is being negotiated down even further by the endlessly negating Group of Six. It is a fight to the finish now between Really Bad and Even Worse. And it's virtually guaranteed to sour the public on reform efforts for years to come.
Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone on health care reform and total system failure in American politics. I'm more hopeful than others that the "trigger" compromise may actually provide the necessary political cover to get a postdated public option enacted—but not that hopeful. In any event it's out of our hands now. We heard from Pelosi and Reid today; we'll see what Obama has to say tomorrow.