Here’s what he had to say today about the prospects for getting this bill passed…
“Nobody is going to bring a bill before Christmas, and maybe not even then, if this ever happens,” Feingold said. “The divisions are so deep. I never seen anything like that.”
Feingold reiterated his appraisal a bit later.
“We’re headed in the direction of doing absolutely nothing, and I think that’s unfortunate,” he said when asked about the plight of uninsured Americans.
You know, if Feingold and his fellow Dems would get behind something like the co-ops then health care reform could easily pass. But they’re not. And I don’t understand the notion of letting this bill die if it can provide competition with the private sector. Because, in the end, that’s what we’re looking for.
Also, there are other bills like Wyden-Bennett that could be better, and maybe this current bill dies and something W-B that is adopted in its wake. But let’s hear support for those options now instead of just saying that nothing is going to get done.
Long story short, there are solutions and if Dems can’t get behind the feasible ones, well, that’s their fault.
By the way, mw is going to have more on Wyden-Bennett soon.