by isamuel, Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 12:21:01 PM EST
The Senate seems set to kill off the public option in exchange for a package of compromises on other issues. This is going to cause understandable heartburn among progressives, but do we really think that a member of Congress should vote against the whole bill if it's this compromise or nothing?
How would such a Congressperson explain that decision to one of her constituents? Consider:
Jane: So, Congresswoman, what's going to happen with health care in this country?
Rep.: Well, Jane, I've got good news and bad news.
Jane: Uh oh. Better start with the bad news.
Rep.: The bad news is, the health care bill isn't going to pass because I've decided to vote against it. And I'm the critical swing vote.
Jane: Oh, no. Really?