Usually it feels fine to see multiple recs for your post. But every once in a while I see some recs that make me quite uncomfortable.
Attacking the so-called healthcare "reform" has been a can't-lose proposition recently. In fact, it's been too much of a can't-lose proposition because the Illinois demagogue has a happy talent to make Caps players of all political persuasions come to the same opinion that he is a string puppet of special interest groups. But this does not invalidate the fact that we still need a real healthcare reform.
For the life of me, I cannot see why Republicans would even want to block obamacare in the first place. The reform plan developed by parteigenosse Baucus is a Republican's dream. One would think the corporate welfare party can't but support the largest transfer of wealth in history from the American public to HMO executives. That GOP leadership would propose, and vote for the exact same plan the day they won a majority in Congress, is quite clear, but what the ordinary rank-and-file Republicans think about during their tea parties, is still a mystery. Their beloved healthcare executives are getting a trillion-dollar handout from the working poor, and these Republicans are still unhappy. I guess, they must have wanted a $2 trillion handout, but sadly, that amount of money doesn't exist yet.
Anyway, since the right-wing camp, for whatever reason known only to them, chooses to bite the hand that's feeding them, casting arrows at the so-called "reform" is now a cheap way to get undeserved recs.
I am still saying it would be a tragedy if Baucus' plan ever comes to pass, but it would be a tragedy for the opposite reasons than what these overly zealous Republicans have in mind. My issue with this plan is that it that it pours another $1 trillion into that black hole that will happily gobble up any amount that you give them, while failing to destroy HMOs, to crack down on hospitals, or to attack the corrupt and bloated cost structure. In other way, that it fails to actualize Republicans' worst nightmare and set up a fully socialized healthcare system. So how many recs should I mentally remove from the blogs in question? My guess is, about 50%.