Robert Reich recently explained on his blog, in his characteristically clear and eloquent way, why the public option is essential for meaningful health care reform. But now the AP reports that the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by the health care industry minion Max Baucus (D-MT), has reached "a health care compromise that omits two key Democratic priorities," one of them being the public option.
If I were religious, I would hope that Baucus would rot in hell. Since I have no such comfort, I am quite depressed right now. But I am not giving up quite yet. After all, neither is Robert Reich, and he is much, much smarter than I am.
In his latest post to date, The Future of Universal Health Care, as of Now, Reich charts the path progressive must follow over the next few weeks to turn this thing around. He closes his post with an invitation to his readers to stay on the case, and to call their representatives and senators to let them know how they feel about the attempt by Congress to castrate real reform by dropping the public option.
In a previous post, The Blood Of Americans, I posted the phone numbers of a few politicians we need to keep applying pressure to, including the always disappointing and growingly despicable Max Baucus. So here they are again:
Senator Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841
Senator Mary Landrieu (202) 224-5824
Senator Max Baucus (202) 224-2651
Senator Ben Nelson (202) 224-6551
Senator Kay Hagan (202) 224-6342
Senator Kent Conrad (202) 224-2043
Senator Ron Wyden (202) 224-5244
Pick up the phone, and do the right thing.