Advocates for a single payer health care system in California got a smack in the chops last week when four Democratic state senators abstained from voting on SB 810, the California Universal Health Care Act. Under California law the bill can be brought up again through “Reconsideration”, and another vote is expected on Tuesday, January 31st.
There are many who think the refusal of Obama and the Dem Party leadership to fight for a public option in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was the single biggest factor that led to the shellacking we got in November 2010, and I share that view.
Now Democrats in California are poised to make the same mistake as we head toward November 2012. And given the size of California and the scrutiny they’ll be under from progressives all over the country, next Tuesdays vote might well have national ramifications.
You can almost hear Peter, Paul and Mary singing, with a slight change in lyrics. ” Where have all the Democrats gone, long time passing…….. when will they ever learn, when will they eeeever learn.”