Jon Walker v. Wendell Potter on Democracy Now!
Jon Walker debated Wendell Potter on Democracy Now this morning. “Debate” is the wrong word probably — Wendell said he agreed with Jon had to say about the Senate bill’s limitations, he just thought it should pass anyway:
AMY GOODMAN: And Jon Walker, of the sixteen demands, sixteen ways to fix the Senate bill, can you carry on with what you feel needs to be done?
JON WALKER: Oh, yeah. I don’t think the bill does anything to hold the insurance companies honest. And what we’re doing is we’re creating a mandate. We’re going to use the IRS to force people to buy a product, which is frankly a bad product, poorly regulated and not really worth the value of purchasing it. And that is a huge step for the government to give to the insurance companies, and it has not demanded enough concessions in return from them to justify that.
Wendell said he “would advise all progressives to really focus on the House bill over the next few days, next few weeks, to encourage and, in fact, demand that House leaders stand firm on the legislation that they have passed already.”
I have to wonder what negotiating position he thinks they have if Joe Lieberman is the only one drawing lines in the sand.