Can the Democrats govern?
There are those who say that Democrats shouldn't favor any system that
continues to include private insurers. Good luck with that. I've been
covering these issues for 40 years and I've come to this conclusion:
anything that actually helps people is good, whether or not it fits
into an ideological pattern. Covering 30 million more people is good.
Preventing private insurers the ability to deny coverage to countless
others is also good. Those who stand against these essential principles
because of an ideological conceit--whether it be Joe Lieberman's
opposition to a public option, Ben Nelson's opposition to abortion
funding or Democracy for America's opposition to an individual
mandate--are proving a point that conservatives have long made: that
Democrats are too feckless to govern.One could almost say that it's time to set aside these childish things. Speaking of, maybe it's time for that someone to speak up, talk loudly, and start swinging a big damn stick.