It sounds as if House Democrats â€” or at least their leadership â€” are prepared to pass the Senate bill if, as expected, they lose todayâ€™s special election.
Thatâ€™s a shame: the House was in the process of making the bill better. But as Ezra Klein says, they should do whatâ€™s necessary â€” not as a matter of political advantage, although itâ€™s probably better for them even in that sense, but because itâ€™s the right thing to do. Imperfect as it is, the Senate bill would save tens of thousands of lives, save many Americans from financial catastrophe, and partially redeem us from the shame of being the only advanced nation without some kind of universal care.
I hope all the leftie activists who think punishing Dems at polls will push them to the left are paying attention.