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August 18, 2009
Meanwhile...liberals heads exploding over potential loss of public option (updated)
Oh my. Bloodcurdling threats, weeping and wailing, gnashing of teeth - liberal emotionalism on full display as they lose it over the possibility that their precious public option in health care reform will be thrown under Obama's very crowded bus.
Liberal hysteric Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake:
Only an arrogant nitwit would believe they could negotiate a deal that gave health care away to the pharmaceutical industry, the doctors, the hospitals and the insurance companies, tie everyone's hands and keep the government from being able to negotiate costs for the next decade and then jam it on progressives to sell in their districts at the end of the process.
Similar sentiments can be found elsewhere among the netnuts who are pushing Obamacare to the brink of oblivion by accepting nothing less than nationalized health insurance.
Jonathan Martin and Carrie Brown of Politico:
Even if top aides didn't intend to do it, the White House got a glimpse of what may well happen - a Democratic civil war - if President Barack Obama does indeed give up on the public option.
I'll tell you why the public option is dead. If it is included in the final bill, moderate Dems as well as all Republicans will vote against it and defeat it. Obama's only chance is to ditch the public option and hope that at least some Republicans hop on board and some progressives swallow their pride and vote for reform.
Which scenario is more likely? Obama would rather lose the liberals and get health care reform rather than vice versa. It's that simple - and it's driving the left crazy.
C. Edmund Wright adds:
Rick Moran's analysis about what is going on inside the Democrat Party is right on the money.
I saw another "teachable moment" in his piece as well.
Consider these words in Moran's piece from liberal hysteric Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake:
This is a great window into the mind of the liberal. Yes, God forbid healthcare is run by doctors, pharmaceutical makers, hospitals and the folks who pay for it (insurance companies). Why would a good liberal accept that when it could be run by government bureaucrats? The liberal mind is blind to the fact than any industry should be run by those who have dedicated their lives to practicing that craft while consumers get to choose which practitioners to patronize.
This is the same mindset who has taken the car industry away from the auto makers, dealers and lenders -- the mortgage industry away from the lenders -- the banking business away from the banks -- and so on. They do it all under the assumption that anyone who engages in any exercise for profit is by definition evil and that any bureaucrat who will rule over them is pure as the wind driven snow, not to mention competent.
To use the words of Ms. Hamsher at Firedoglake, "only an arrogant nitwit would believe" that health care should be run by anyone other than "the pharmaceutical industry, the doctors, the hospitals and the insurance companies" with a free market for consumers to choose among them.
I think the Town Hall reaction is also asking the question: Now just who is the arrogant nitwit?