An excerpt from Glenn Greenwald's Salon column published today:
"Of all the posts I wrote this year, the one that produced the most vociferious email backlash -- easily -- was this one from August, which examined substantial evidence showing that, contrary to Obama's occasional public statements in support of a public option, the White House clearly intended from the start that the final health care reform bill would contain no such provision and was actively and privately participating in efforts to shape a final bill without it. From the start, assuaging the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries was a central preoccupation of the White House -- hence the deal negotiated in strict secrecy with Pharma to ban bulk price negotiations and drug reimportation, a blatant violation of both Obama's campaign positions on those issues and his promise to conduct all negotiations out in the open (on C-SPAN). Indeed, Democrats led the way yesterday in killing drug re-importation, which they endlessly claimed to support back when they couldn't pass it. The administration wants not only to prevent industry money from funding an anti-health-care-reform campaign, but also wants to ensure that the Democratic Party -- rather than the GOP -- will continue to be the prime recipient of industry largesse."
I think Mr. Greenwald is onto something here. I always doubted and ridiculed the right-wingers who trumpeted their assertions that Obama was a Marxist, communist, muslim, etc., etc. I always thought that he was similar to slick willy in his forked-tongued progressive, anti-bushco blather, and I see now that I only underestimated his degree of corporate thralldom and duplicity.
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