Is the individual mandate really the hill progressives want to die on?
The individual mandate is lousy policy. It always was. It is especially lousy policy without a large (100 million +) public option. The health care plan is, for all intents and purposes, a 90′s Heritage plan.
This? This is what progressives want to fight for?
BMaz has a good article up on whether the bill is Constitutional. Me, I don’t know if it’s Constitutional. But what I do know is that if I were a conservative Justice, I’d want to just strike down the individual mandate and leave the rest in place, because I would laugh myself sick every night watching Obama have to kill the bill himself, getting rid of guaranteed issue, community ratings, and so on. Because Obama would have to, and would. He made a deal with the health insurance companies. In exchange for some concessions, what they received in exchange was every American being forced to buy their shitty product. And while Obama doesn’t keep promises to left wingers, he does keep promises to people like the CEOs of health insurance companies.
Still, watching “progressives” defending the individual mandate is just another reminder of why I don’t call myself a progressive.
Go and die on a hill, for forcing Americans to buy shitty insurance from evil companies which aren’t properly regulated.
I’ll just sit here on the sidelines laughing myself sick. With progressives like these, who needs right wingers?