It’s pretty sad that even with a public option not tied to Medicare reimbursement rates (i.e., not robust), the House leadership is struggling like hell to prevent 40 Democrats from defecting and voting with John Boehner. You can lay the blame for that in a number of places, including the White House, including Rahm Emanuel’s pattern of recruitment as DCCC chair, including the campaign finance system, including the Senate and their shitty health care plan. But it all comes down to 40 individuals making autonomous decisions. I can tolerate a wide swath of disagreement on most issues, but access to affordable health care isn’t one of them. For me, that’s the bedrock of the whole platform. Tell me why I’m wrong.

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