Friday, June 26, 2009

Jello Jay Quote Of The Day

Say what you will about Senator Jay Rockefeller's role in helping to authorize or conceal some of the worst abuses to the constituation during the Bush administration years when it came to national security, the guy definitely seems to "get it" when it comes to the fight for health care reform currently underway.

"I think the anger against insurance companies is going to spread," Rockefeller said Thursday. "But a public plan, run by the government, will make sure doctors get paid, hospitals get paid and people get good health care.

"Today, an extra 15 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent [of health-care costs] goes to pay private insurance companies. In a public plan, you just pay for what you get. There are no marketers, no people shuffling paper, no one making television ads."

On Thursday, Rockefeller admitted he expects little bipartisan support.

"There is a very small chance any Republicans will vote for this health-care plan. They were against Medicare and Medicaid [created in the 1960s]. They voted against children's health insurance.

"We have a moral choice. This is a classic case of the good guys versus the bad guys. I know it is not political for me to say that," Rockefeller added.

"But do you want to be non-partisan and get nothing? Or do you want to be partisan and end up with a good health- care plan? That is the choice."

This is one of those moments where we need to print this out and pass it around to every single Democrat in Congress. There need not be any illusions that there is anything they can do to garner bipartisan support for true health care reform. The Republicans will never allow it to happen under Democratic rule if they have anything to say about it. Its time for the "good guys" to wake up to that reality and get er done on their own!

(h/t TPM)

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