So, I agree with ralphbon. I, too, don’t want to hear another word about deficit neutrality in health insurance reform. I want the problem of the private insurance industry and its predatory behavior solved. I want health care expenditures quickly cut to 11 or 12% of GDP from the current 17.5%, and I don’t care about any budget deficit, or the continued existence of the health insurance industry, or what Empress Snowe, or President Collins, or Benedict Arnold Lieberman, or Rahm, or BHO think, or any other BS the politicians think they can throw my way. All I have to say to them is: solve the health insurance problem and get rid of these outcomes, and these outlandish health care expenditures, or face my undying wrath and enmity.
Finally, make no mistake, I know that Harry Reid has the authority to write a health insurance reform bill that will substitute Bernie Sanders’ S 703 enhanced Medicare for All bill, for the very poor bills produced by the Senate HELP committee, and the Senate Finance Committee, and bring that bill to the floor. I also know that if that bill is filibustered, the Democrats can implement “the nuclear option,” pass S 703, and eliminate the filibuster in the bargain, if only they want to. So, if that doesn’t happen, the Senate Democrats and Harry Reid will bear the responsibility for failing to pass S 703. Again, they can pass an enhanced Medicare for All, single-payer bill if they choose. Let’s make them do it! Forget about the Public Option! Why should we settle for second best?