White House Groupthink Is Locked In

This explains a lot: David Axelrod: Left ‘insane’ to sink health bill,

“To defeat a bill that will bend the curve on this inexorable rise in health-care costs is insane,” Axelrod said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I don’t think that you want this moment to pass. It will not come back.”

This is what I feared. The groupthink has set in. To them this is about “cost control,” not about providing health care to citizens. And they criticize Howard Dean for wanting this health care reform to serve the people, but they haven’t criticized Joe Lieberman for forcing out the popular public option and Medicare buy-in.

Asked his response to progressives who say “kill this bill now,” Axelrod replied: “I think that would be a tragic, tragic outcome. … I guess if you’re hale and hearty and have insurance, it’s fine to say, ‘Kill this bill.'”

Well I have health insurance through COBRA, and I really, really resent that COBRA “allows” me to purchase corporate insurance at a very expensive price. Without it I wouldn’t have health insurance at all because it is illegal for me to buy into Medicare. It is illegal because of the need to preserve corporate profits, at the expense of my health. The current health care bill REQUIRES me to purchase corporate insurance at a very high price.