TPMDC and Think Progress have both decided to target Harry Reid for essentially ditching the public option and rooting for non-profit co-ops to serve as competition against the private health insurance industry. This is delightful news on several levels; it seems to indicate that the public option is dead, non-profit co-ops are, as TPMDC states, a system that “all reformers regard with suspicion, and many regard as a non-starter,” which means that they may well not pass either, and one of the more distasteful Senators up on Capitol Hill is getting attacked by powerful liberal blogs that would ordinarily be spending time, energy, and resources thinking about how to defend him against Republicans. Perfect.
I am all for health care reform, in the event that the point needs to be made again. But I am not for Reid’s vision of health care reform, and I am certainly not for the brand of health care reform envisioned by the likes of TPMDC and Think Progress. If the three of them want to spend time fighting and destroying each other politically, that is fine with me. The rest of us can get health care reform done right.