Thursday, March 05, 2009

At The Eleventh Hour

There was some resentment on the left that Obama's health-care forum would exclude important voices for single-payer health care. But at the last minute Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, and Congressman John Conyers were added to the program. From the PNHP press release: "Two leading advocates of single-payer health reform, sometimes characterized as an improved Medicare for All, received last-minute invitations to attend the White House health care summit being held today. The invitations were greeted as a victory by single-payer supporters." Of course there's grumbling about a single-payer "media blackout" as well.

Suffice it to say that I went to a congressional forum last week where liberal Democratic Congressman John Larson (5th ranking member of the House leadership, has a bunch of insurance companies in his district) heckled and was heckled by single-payer advocates... and there is a lot more of that left-liberal infighting to come as the health care debate proceeeds.