Obama angered Republicans with a letter Wednesday stating that Americans must be able to choose between private and public insurance, and the tensions spilled into negotiating sessions Thursday between key senators.
As Benen points out, the Republicans are irrelevant. Reform will be passed in a reconciliation vote -- filibusters won't work. The problem, as I see it, are the Spineless Democrat Caucus. This is where you and I come in. In Eric Boehlert's new book, he writes that the blogosphere has provided the Democrats with a much need spine. I couldn't agree more. But with healthcare reform, we'll have to be seriously diligent in our spine-enforcing efforts.