Thursday, August 27, 2009

'Healthcare Reform Named After Ted Kennedy Must Not Suck'

Rachel Maddow's "headline of the day," from a Huffington Post article by Bob Cesca here. (Good article, too.) I was going to say, if they're going to name the program after Kennedy, then it better have a public option.

See Big Tent Democrat here.

What Kagro said:

The temptation to name the health care reform bill after fallen health care champion Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) is as understandable as it is overwhelming. But with the bill currently still at the mercy of players who are, shall we say, not as clearly dedicated to a product that offers the kind of help Kennedy envisioned, I suggest that we not offer them the opportunity to attach his name to anything less than a bill he would have fought for.

So while it's undoubtedly in that spirit that the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and others have begun their drive to honor Kennedy's memory by demanding that the HELP Committee's bill be passed and named after him, I suggest that it serves us and the Senator's memory better if our essential element -- a strong public option -- carries his name instead.

To name the weak tea "reforms" endorsed by the Third Way (read Ezra Klein) as the Kennedy Health bill would be a travesty.

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