Struck Down but Not Destroyed

For once, I’m actually speaking about Democrats.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like we are constantly being attacked, on the defense, on the run.  But this time, it’s the Dems that were defeated, at least in this one battle.  Harry Korell, president of the PVRC, sent me an article this morning stating that the Senate Finance Committee has struck down the idea of a “public option” by a 15-8 margin.  The amazing part is not the 10 Republicans that voted against it (if they hadn’t, they’d be in deep doo doo right now), it’s the 5 Democrats that crossed party lines.

Just because I’m a fair person, I’d like to give these brave souls a quick shout out.

Senator Kent Conrad, ND

Senator Blanche Lincoln, AK

Senator Bill Nelson, FL

Senator Max Baucus, MT (the very author of the bill, didn’t think he’d get the votes)

Senator Thomas Carper, DE

So what does this mean? Well, for now, the idea of a public option is dead.  But really, have you ever known a liberal to throw up their hands in defeat and walk away?  Remember that the nuclear option is always on the table…always.  If the Democrats and Obama want this health care bill to go through, they could always screw the American people and push it on through.  They have that power, and that is certainly frightening.

Oh and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, here is a fun little cheat sheet from Fox News, Healthcare 101.

Keep fighting peeps.  This war is far from over.

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