As I’ve said before, I believe we should pass the current health care bill simply because getting uninsured people covered is important and because it’s sadly the best our corrupt political system can give us right now. But Jesus, I don’t have to feel good about it. Ezra inadvertently explains why:
This year, the Obama administration succeeded at neutralizing every single industry. Pharma supports the bill. Insurers are incoherent on it, but there’s not a ferocious and united campaign to kill the proposal. The American Medical Association has endorsed the Senate bill. The hospitals have endorsed the bill. Labor has endorsed the bill. The business community is split, with larger employers holding their fire.
You can take that as a critique of the bill’s deals and concessions. But it represents a remarkable level of industry consensus.
See, yeah. When I voted for Hope’n'Change two years ago, I didn’t think it would involve bribing the living shit out of every major stakeholder and interest group in the country. We used to have political leaders who would relish taking on unpopular special interests in the name of the public good. If anyone knows what happened to that sort of political courage, I’d be glad to know.