Say you are the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and a reporter asks you whether you would support passing the Senate’s version of health care reform, which, while hardly perfect, would provide insurance to 30 million Americans who don’t currently have it.
You could say something inane like Raul Grijalva did:
Grijalva said, why not send the Senate individual bills that would, among other things, nix the “Cadillac” tax or close the donut hole, pressuring the Senate to deal with each provision separately?
“If the Senate chooses not to close the donut hole, that’s their damn problem,” Grijalva said. “They’ve had it too easy. One vote controls everything. Collectively, we’re tired of that.”
Yes– why not send the Senate individual bills? They’re so good at following up and moving expeditiously! Especially when it’s a progressive priority!
Or you could think about it this way: what would Teddy do?
Let’s see: you have a chance to pass a bill coming awfully close to universal health coverage for the first time in 70 years, or you could take out your (justified) frustrations on all those people who don’t have health insurance, on all the seniors facing the donut hole, on all the victims of rescission and discrimination against pre-existing conditions. What would Teddy do?
Does anyone have to answer that one?