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The author provides highlighted hypertext on everything but her claim about how many times "deem and pass" has been used by either party. Nor does she provide any information on what kind of legislation it was used for in the past; surely not legislation that impacts roughly 17 percent of the economy.

Why no detail? Too illuminating?

Matthew Kremer

San Diego, CA

Mar 18 2010 - 2:45pm

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Progressives may think that they are doing the country a favor by bucking overwhelming public opinion by continuing to push a bill that the constituents have asked them to kill. The tipping point is almost here.

Progressives would do well to give heed to Chris Matthews.

Mike Bennion

Henderson, NV

Mar 17 2010 - 10:20pm

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Keep in mind that a majority--that's a majority--of Americans do not want this abominable version of Obamacare passed.

Mind you, that's a majority.

(Now borrowing from Harry Truman...) If the Dems strongarm this nightmarish bill through, they will experience a rain of ruin the like of which never has been seen in the American political system.

Jack Davis

Phoenix, AZ

Mar 17 2010 - 2:54pm

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The health insurance legislation we are about to see past is a Reaganite atrocity that focuses on enhancing corporate wealth and power. The House and Senate Democratic caucuses have shown that they are pawns of plutocratic and corporate power. This designation includes the vaunted "progressive" caucus in the House that capitulated to the lobbyists and the president and are voting for the state corporatist atrocity for nothing in return.

And reproductive freedom? Sold out easily by a long list of NARAL endorsees, who prioritize their careers and party standing certainly much higher than anything silly like womens' rights and reproductive freedom.

The only positive thing to emerge from the public policy catastrophe referred to as "healthcare reform" by those inhabiting the Democratic Jonestown is that any one of us in the public, who can think for ourselves, who can see clearly what has happened, can conclude logically and completely that there is no hope for the progressive vision in the Democratic Party. Any one of us can conclude logically and totally that the Democratic Party regards us with contempt and will never represent or serve us.

It's time for those of us who can see clearly what has happened, to start find some new friends and--most importantly--to forsake old "friends" who have walked on us one time too many.

Finally, re "nihilism" as the writer puts it: I encourage the writer to understand that actually standing for some real populist value in the world--such as reproductive freedom, or opposition to state corporatism and total corporate control of our political system--is quite the opposite of nihilism. I argue to the writer that nihilism in the context of healthcare "reform" is capitulating on every single value any one of us holds, and, therefore, passing legislation that represents no values whatsoever, no principles, but just serves the greed of a few lucky and powerful people instead.

Seymour Friendly

Seattle, WA

Mar 17 2010 - 2:09pm