Michaud supports a public option, too. Except on days when he forgets he does and supports something else. "As I travel around the state and hear directly from Mainers about health care, it's clear that people want reform done right," he boldly proclaimed in a press release. "The people I've met with have real concerns that I will take back to Washington with me."
Collins doesn't seem to have endorsed anything — except hanging out on a Greek island investigating whether Taliban sympathizers have infiltrated the beach cabanas. It's almost as if her idea of health-care reform is to embrace the status quo. "We should focus on holding on to what is good about our system and improve what is not working," she told the Sun Journal, adding that she wanted to make sure "states like Maine are not harmed by reforms."
In the end, Collins's do-nothing approach may be the position that prevails. It fits with Snowe's ignore-the-public-and-its-damned-option attitude. It's probably something Michaud has accidentally endorsed. And Pingree is too busy primping for future network television appearances to complain.
So, if we want real health-care reform, there's only one way to get it:
Wish on a monkey's paw.
Just be careful of the curse. It could result in a government takeover of Medicare.
Sick of this? Take two aspirin and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
: Talking Politics
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