Democrats who want health care reform without the reform - absent a toothy public option - are trying to combine bad health policy with bad politics and bad fiscal policy. Many of the very people who should love it, the Democratic Party's natural constituency in the middle class, would hate what the poseurs of bipartisanship would foist upon them.
[T]he widely publicized bill proposed by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., not only won't get Republican votes, it would also do little to restrain galloping cost increases. That's why insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists love it.
Instead, Baucus' bill would force millions of working Americans currently without coverage to spend up to 13 percent of their annual income on private health insurance policies they can't afford.