Too Little, Too Late? Progressives Launch Effort To Force Obama's Hand On Health Care

It's better late than never, but I'm really tired of Democrats taking a wait and see approach -- especially on things of such magnitude to the future of the country as health care reform is -- in the hopes that being polite will get them what they are asking for. If there is any lesson to be learned from Conservative, you don't ask for it. You take it. You demand it.

But like I said, better late than never, Progressives could easily kill ANY legislation that doesn't fit their definition -- or candidate Obama's - of true health care reform.

From HuffPo's Laura Dean:

As a deadline for introducing a health care reform bill approaches the progressive community, which has been biting its tongue for weeks if not months, is now making calculated moves to force President Obama's hand.

Several times on the campaign trail candidate Obama called for sustained pressure from the left to enable him to make more ambitious policy decisions in the health care arena. Former DNC Chair Howard Dean echoed these sentiments at a recent panel on the future of health care reform and urged the American people to "hold their [Democratic representatives'] feet to the fire to make sure they behave like Democrats."


...progressives are drawing increasingly bold lines in the sand:

"We have polled [Congressional Progressive Caucus] members very carefully in recent weeks and a strong majority will only support comprehensive healthcare reform legislation that includes a public plan option on a level playing field with private health insurance plans," CPC co-chairpersons Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) wrote in a letter to the Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leaders in early April.


Simply including the words "public option" may not be enough. One alleged compromise put forth by Republicans and some centrist Democrats to scuttle a public plan option, is the notion of a trigger that would mandate its implementation only if the private market fails to meet a certain set of criteria. This model would resemble the Medicare Part D option, which conservatives tout as evidence that there is no need for a public option because the trigger for Medicare Part D has yet to be pulled. However, upon closer inspection, the patients themselves have no control over the criteria that would lead to pulling the trigger if their needs are not met, ensuring that the option of a public plan was never really a viable one, say some health care experts.

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