Didn’t see this one coming, as such. Dachle is thinking that a government-run health care may not be the ticket (at least right now):
According to ABC, the former Democratic Senate Majority leader had this to say:
“While I feel very strongly that consumers should have the choice of a national, Medicare-like plan, my colleagues do not. . . But we were concerned that the ongoing health reform debate is beginning to show signs of fracture on the public plan issue, so in order to advance the process of developing bipartisan legislation and to move it forward, it’s time to find consensus here,” Daschle said.
“We’ve come too far and gained too much momentum for our efforts to fail over disagreements on one single issue,” he said.
This is significant news not merely as a result of his relationship to Obama, but because Daschle is somebody who is recognized for his network on Capitol Hill, his ability to shepard legislation through Congress and strike compromises. If he is coming out and saying this publicly, it’s a pretty good indication that Democrats simply do not have the votes to pass legislation that would include a government plan.
Is it too much to hope that the will of the thinking people may be followed and that this misbegotten approach to health care which is based on the belief that government can be efficient (with no history to back that up) will die the death?