Bi-Polar Bear wrote:
no medicare buy in.... no real reform. Obama has lost my support and my vote and I think he lacks the balls and the stomach for this job. Having said that he's still preferable to the pigs who call themselves republicans in DC these days.
As georgeob1 noted, you're anger may be misplaced.
Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi lead their respective branches of the legislature, not Obama and Pelosi can do a whole lot more with her majority than can Reid.
In any case, it is not the opposition of the Republicans or the lack of Obama guts and balls that has killed the Public Option, it is the opposition of moderate Democrats (and Joe Lieberman).
One might go as far to say that in reality, it is the opposition of the American people.
There are a lot of Democratic representatives (Pelosi, Waxman, Franks, etc) who cannot be liberal enough for their districts. The same can't be said the majority of Senators. Many representatives and senators have heard from their constituents either directly or through polling and they are not about to lose their jobs over a left-wing ideal.
I suppose Obama could have told Congress that he will veto any bill that doesn't have a strong Public Option, but then he would never have had to consider one.
You and other like minded fellows can take the position that the American people have been hoodwinked by opposition propoganda, but whether or not that's true, the majority of the American people don't want a Public Option, or these bills.
Presumably you believe Obama, Reid, and Pelois, knowing, like you, what is best for America should somehow just press ahead and ram it down our ignorant throats.
If this really infuriates you then may I suggest you join those who are dedicated to bringing down the moderate Democrats that have opposed the Public Option and federal funding of abortion. Send money to the left-wing candidates who are bound to surface to challange them in their primaries.
I have a feeling Obama will win back your vote by 2012, but in case he doesn't, who would you like to see run against him in the primary?