If you liked Historiann’s little vade mecum last night on the 3/5 Compromise, the Connecticut Compromise, and how they have nothing to do with our currently dysfunctional congress, you’ll love Matt Taibbi’s analysis. (Via Corrente–thanks, a little night musing for your link!) Here’s the part that connects to my argument below:
The reason a real health-care bill is not going to get passed is simple: because nobody in Washington really wants it. There is insufficient political will to get it done. It doesn’t matter that it’s an urgent national calamity, that it is plainly obvious to anyone with an IQ over 8 that our system could not possibly be worse and needs to be fixed very soon, and that, moreover, the only people opposing a real reform bill are a pitifully small number of executives in the insurance industry who stand to lose the chance for a fifth summer house if this thing passes.
It won’t get done, because that’s not the way our government works. Our government doesn’t exist to protect voters from interests, it exists to protect interests from voters. The situation we have here is an angry and desperate population that at long last has voted in a majority that it believes should be able to pass a health care bill. It expects something to be done. The task of the lawmakers on the Hill, at least as they see things, is to create the appearance of having done something. And that’s what they’re doing. Personally, I think they’re doing a lousy job even of that. . . . [T]hese Democrats aren’t even pretending to give a shit, not really. I mean, they’re not even willing to give up their vacations.
(Emphasis mine.) But but but–they’ll lose their deposits on those $6,000/wk rentals on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Cape! Priorities, people–priorities.