And just yesterday they were telling us to vote Democrat!
"Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral-baked meats | did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables".
No sooner did devoish urge me in this post to look for complexity and seek out some imaginary rifts between the honest and the corrupt wing of the Democatic party, than the selfsame party obliterated any perceived nuances by laying a massive maloderous pile on the dinner table and standing solidly behind the new-and-improved healthcare plan, voting for it with its both wings. The worst healthcare ideas ascribed to the Republicans, which had served faithfully as a scarecrow for the "progressive" audience throughout the whole "Yes we can" campaign, became the new Democratic creed faster than Gertrude's mourning culminated in her marriage to Claudius.
Good bye, public option, good bye, the even more audacious dreams about a single payer system. Welcome, the expanded market for HMOs and the $3800 fine for anyone who refuses to see the bliss of giving. That is, the bliss of giving to HMOs and the bliss of paying higher premiums. By the way, mathematics is an exact science, almost as exact as politics, and this exact science will even help me predict by how much the average premium is going to increase and the exact date of the increase. It is going to increase by thirty eight hundred dollars and zero cents, and the date of the increase will be the next morning after the bill is signed into law by the "Yes we can" man in the white house. And as a bonus for Republicans, all those premiums will go directly to the pockets of HMO executives bypassing the evil Big Government. And, as an additional sweetener for the industry, there will be those tax deductions to convince the future generations of patients that the answer to the question "Can we pay even higher premiums than we are paying today?" is a resounding "Yes we can!".
So drink your kool-aid, relax, watch your progressive party flutter its both wings in support of the grand new plan, and enjoy this little good cop, bad cop performance. There is that good Democrat named Kusinich, after all. What a pity that he must work together with that "bad cop" guy parteigenosse Baucus!