Thursday, August 20, 2009

Who will thwart health care reform?

If you're living in Arizona, look roughly in the direction of Mi Nidito. Nothing against the restaurant--I recommend the cazuela--but it's a convenient landmark, known to have been frequented by the culprit back in his days as a Pima County Supervisor.

That's right: you're looking toward the Seventh Congressional District, and Raúl Grijalva. The New York Times has the story:
Representative Raul Grijalva, the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Representative Keith Ellison, Democrat of Minnesota, said on Thursday they will not support a bill that replaces the public insurance option with health insurance cooperatives. The co-op idea, formulated in the Senate Finance Committee, is a toothless substitute for a government-sponsored alternative, they said.

Those teeth? Crowd-out. Grijalva is a supporter of single-payer, and the "public option" was little more than a stealth route to that regime of harsh egalitarian rationing. Or not--I could be wrong about the "stealth" part.

Anyone else see "progressive" as a joke? What does rationing have to do with human progress?

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