“The Senate version is not worth passing,” former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told POLITICO, referring to plans to strip the latest compromise from the bill, a Medicare buy-in. “I think in this particular iteration, this is the end of the road for reform” [Craig Gordon, "Liberal Lament: What Bill Is This?" Politico.com, 2009.12.15].
The only thing more depressing than the continued conservative smokescreen about how health care reform is a huge government takeover of one sixth of the economy is how stunningly, impotently far from anything like that this Senate legislation is. No Kucinich-care, no public option, no extension of Medicare... all that compromise to get not one Republican vote. What a waste of time.