From HuffPo comes the news that Nancy Pelosi is starting to kick ass. This is what teh presdient must do. People need a narrative of good guys v. bad guys. They see it in books, TV, movies, daily life.
The real “villains” in the fight for health care reform are insurance companies.
“They are the villains in this. They have been part of the problem in a major way,” Pelosi said of the insurance industry after her weekly press conference. “It’s almost immoral, what they are doing,” she said, referring to industry lobbying against a public insurance plan option. “Of course, they’ve been immoral all along. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening, and the public has to know about it.”
The current system works so well for insurers that they don’t even want subsidies, Pelosi claimed. “They’ve had a good thing going for a long time at the expense of the American people and the health of our country,” she said, adding that it will be tough to keep them from getting their way. “This is the fight of our lives.”
Pelosi referred to the health insurance industry’s campaign against reform — specifically, the public option — as “carpet bombing” and “shock and awe” during the press conference.
I think the President will build on this. I hope so. Obama, Pelosi and Reid (yech) must speak with one voice to win.
Good and evil, right and wrong. It’s now up to the President, for Nancy has shown a light on the way to success. He must courageously take the fight to the immoral insurance companies. No more everyone at the table.