The claims made by the administration about the virtues of the health care bill are outright fabrications. As Marcy Wheeler has documented in her post entitled “Health Care and the Road to Neofeudalism,” it does not control either insurance premiums or health care costs. Forcing 31 million people to buy a product they don’t want and can’t afford to use does not constitute health care reform. Once again, the poor get used as human shields so corporations can be the beneficiaries of massive government bailout.Yup. She then gets to the heart of the matter:
Rather than actually helping the poor, this bill is a dangerous and unprecedented step on the road to domination of government by private corporate players who use it to suppress competition and secure their profits — the textbook definition of fascism.You could quibble about that definition, but there's no doubt that classical fascism and corporatism are very closely linked. Big Business loves Big Government, because it lets them suppress competition that would erode their profit margins. Rather than having to compete on quality, serive, and price, they look to government to reduce or eliminate competition. Government in turn looks to the companies to finance their campaigns, making it hard for political competitors to succeed.
Nice work if you can get it. And Obama's blown his credibility over there:
It's been clear that Obama's goal has been a transformation of the country. What's now gaining traction on the left is that that transformation is about the Big Government/Big Business alliance.
Cokie Roberts said on This Week that the reason the health care bill is so unpopular is because the public option campaign dragged out its passage for so long. She’s right. By forcing the President and members of Congress to keep passing the public option hot potato and reporting on the corruption, lies and lack of affordability that were the hallmarks of the bill, it allowed the public to measure the gap between what Obama says and what he actually does.That in itself has value, because without broad awareness of the bad faith with which the President engaged in the health care debate, it was difficult to get people to shake off the pixie dust of the 2008 election and deal with the reality of what progressives are up against.
If indeed this bill passes, people across the country will have to start examining the basic assumptions with which we have heretofore approached politics. The thing I have learned above all else in this campaign is that the corporate control of government is much more extensive than I ever imagined, and the tools we have to fight its influence are ineffective.
Amen (emphasis mine). Hamsher and I don't agree on a lot, but there is a common recognition (over there and over here) that the system is rotten, and the little guy is getting screwed.
We need to develop new partners in the fight, because there is tremendous public will to resist and the old ones can’t be trusted. We also need a new language to describe it, because the old “right-left” paradigm is firing past the true opponent.
Obama's fractured his base, in a way that's gone far beyond "blue dogs". This article is so filled with anger as to suggest that he's not going to get them back. Anything he says after this will be viewed as "pixie dust".
Highly, highly recommended.
Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.