Weeks ago in another, less open forum I said that Obama and friends should be ready to call every bluff from the liberal side of things. Now, I’ve been dividing Democrats and their supporters into two columns (in my head): in column A there are those who talk about the healthcare bill in terms of life and death; in column B are those who speak more in terms of dollars and cents. For instance, Alan Grayson is in column A, and Dennis Kucinich is in column B. Kucinich may be stuck in column B, for lack of psychiatric care, but there are members of column B who may come over to A under the pressure.
Such people in office might include Bernie Sanders, Russ Feingold. Prominent though not an officeholder is Howard Dean. I hope they pass the test by folding.
In a way, the very fact that I have doubted the possibility of really good reform has been helpful to my equilibrium, because I’ll take any improvement I can get and be pleased about it. Insuring the uninsurable would be a major improvement, and spreading the idea of shared risk is good civics. Let’s hope they’ll take what they can get, too.