Monday, October 18, 2010

More on Obama's Legislative (Non) Accomplishments

Check this out. As Henwood points out, the already tepid public option was more or less taken off the table because the "stakeholders" (i.e. the for-profit insurance industry, hospital industry, etc.) were virulently opposed to it.

So when you hear liberal apologists for Obama asking that you forget recent events and join in endorsing empty propaganda about how successful Obama's presidency has been for progressives, recall who was calling the shots when health "reform" was being decided. Recall that nothing substantial changed at all, and that the "weak sauce" Public Option was proscribed because Obama cares more about placating powerful capitalists than about the well-being of the American people. And we should be clear not to place all of the blame on him as a person, of course: the entire Washington political system, and especially the Democratic Party, represent Wall Street, not the majority.

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