There’s enormous disappointment among progressives about the emerging health care bill — and rightly so. That said, even as it stands it would take a big step toward greater security for Americans and greater social justice; it would also save many lives over the decade ahead. That’s why progressive health policy wonks — the people who have campaigned for health reform for years — are almost all in favor of voting for the thing.
But that doesn't change the fact that the White House deserves very little credit on the matter as a whole, the bill could have been so much better if they had not negotiated against themselves. They've really burned their base.