So Max Baucus bravely came out for single payer in front of a crowd at Montana State, an act that requires roughly the same moral courage as demonstrating against GMOs in a Whole Foods, or waving a confederate flag at a NASCAR race.
I’ve always believed – ponies notwithstanding – that “Medicare for All” is better messaging. Other than that, I can’t generate as much anger or surprise as I’ve seen on the Twitter this afternoon over Max’s speech. Baucus, Obama and the rest of the Democrats pushed through Obamacare using their best judgment of what bill would pass. It passed, people’s lives are better, and the consensus that Democrats will run on in 2018 and 2020 is that we need to move beyond Obamacare to
single payer Medicare for All. When even a wimpy blue dog like Max says so, you know the party is united on healthcare.