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The political spectrum according to Obama.
Jolly jeepers it would be nice if Obama kept one of his campaign promises. Just one. He did get a dog, but that one doesn’t count. Evidently insurance will now be mandatory under Obama’s healthcare reform. He says he favors a public option, but stops short of saying it is a requirement. One reason I liked Obama more than Clinton in the primaries is that he didn’t favor making insurance mandatory. One of the reasons I liked him better than McCain, among many, was his strong support of a public option.
Oh well, I guess I should have voted for Clinton and McCain’s love child. I guess I did.
But what is key here is that the Obama camp left themselves with no room for compromise. Those of us actually on the left wanted a single payer system – we have compromised. The public option seemed like a good middle ground between us and the right. But by starting with the public option, Obama has given the right the ability to try to reach a compromise from the public option.
Oh well, I guess healthcare REFORM will have to wait for the next president. Obama has got some good ideas but ultimatly is leaving healthcare in the hands of insurance companies. . . and we’ve all seen how that works out.