Now if I were Jane Hamsher, I would probably be losing my shit over the factual inaccuracies in this broad swipe at me from her. I’d probably start this post saying “Jane Hamsher is no blogger or activist, she’s a smear-monger who makes things up and projects her own fantasies onto her stories.” Or something like that. Instead of a hysterical response, I”ll just point out two quick things. First, when she states this, she is simply making shit up:
The self-described “populist” was feeding dutiful JournoList scribes like Jon Chait, Matt Yglesias and John Cole cues to attack the “left” for raising justified concerns about both the bill, and what it would mean for the Democratic Party:
Time for a hockey puck sized valium, Jane. I was never, ever a member of Journolist. I was never invited, I never accepted, I never read one email before Tucker Carlson decided to publish them. You are just flat out wrong. I have never had any association with Journolist. You’re just wrong. And, btw- you could always ask DDay if I was on the evil Journolist, because he was a member.
Second, this is also false:
And it’s no mystery why freshly minted Democrat John Cole was cheerleading the comfortable familiarity of a Republican health care bill – after its passage, Nancy Pelosi quickly sent out an email bragging that its underlying principles were written by the Heritage Foundation, with the helpful quote that “Democrats have been less than true to their principles.”
I have repeatedly and consistently stated over and over again that I would prefer any health care bill penned by Jane, D-Day, Jon Walker, or any number of far more progressive bills- if they had any chance of passing. Unlike some, I am quite capable of counting to 60. There were never votes for the public option. I supported the HCR bill because it was better than the status quo. That’s it. If I had my way, I would nationalize the entire damned industry- my military healthcare was pretty damned good. I didn’t feel that way even a few years ago, but watching this healthcare debate opened my eyes to the basic fact that our system is a disaster and there are few incentives to cost-save. Even something as common sense as end of life counseling was demagogued to death. Hell, even the way we train doctors makes no damned sense.
I know you hate Rahm and all the evil centrists, but at least get your facts somewhat straight.