The president, I think, is going to have to tell the left wing of his party and the balking liberal Senators that it is crazy to pull down the entirety of health care over this one issue which the president has already said is not the be all end all of health reform.
…And in print:
[M]y concern about letting the public option jeopardize health reform is precisely because I think that expanding access to health care is such a moral imperative.
The problem is that Marcus and all the other public-option-doesn’t-matter wankers are conflating “health care” with “health insurance.” Sure, if we have mandates without a public option, lots of people will have insurance, but it’ll be overpriced crap with steep deductibles and lousy coverage. Forcing people to buy shitty insurance they can’t afford doesn’t sound like much of a moral imperative to me, but then I’m not Ruth Marcus. Or an insurance company.
Everyone agrees that not enough people have insurance, but it’s the details where the devil is. To rip off recycle quote a post I wrote back at my place a few months ago:
Progressives: There are 45 million people in this country without health insurance! This is an outrage!
Insurance Industry: There are 45 million people in this country without health insurance! This is an outrage!
Everyone agrees that there are too many uninsured, but where progressives see pain and death and need, insurance companies and their allies see untapped bank accounts and retirement funds. Progressives want to help the uninsured, insurance companies want to milk them. And the Ruth Marcuses of the world can’t tell the difference.