The real repeal deal

They want to repeal the healthcare compromise? Sure. Submit legislation that would replace it with a public option, one that would take the big steps that would really reform the system instead of something that tippy-toes like this one does.

If you're going to create a frenzy on the right anyway, why not give them good reason to act in such ignorant and bigoted ways? Let's face it, their strings are so easily manipulated by the Status Quo puppeteers that we may as well go all out and manipulate all their fears and prejudices.

History has shown how easy it is to push the buttons of those only looking for a pretext to openly express their social hatreds. So let's give them one, a healthcare bill with teeth ... not the current change that nibbles at the edges.

Arguably, the insurance companies got off the hook with this one. They still control the healthcare system.

You can bet they're already planning to find ways to game the new rules.

It has never been about bureaucrats getting between us and our doctors. It has always been about getting between them and their profits, and they are still the ones who will determine just what medical care we get. These are creative people.

So yes, let's keep the health debate alive. Let's return to a discussion about the baby steps we've taken. Instead of quivering in fear and going into a defensive crouch, let's think about meeting Repeal with Expansion. Rather than worry about reelecting those who supported reform, make those who opposed it run for their political lives. To borrow another cliche, "Fight Fire with Fire." As in firing all those who play such mean, petty games with their country.

To use their expression, "Repeal and Replace.” Them. Send them spitting to their Tea Parties. Then next year, bring about meaningful change. Start playing offense and roll over the forces of the status quo. It's high time we stop worrying about progress being pushed back. The best way to do that is to move forward.

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