Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Dennis Kucinich, one of the House’s most doctrinaire liberals, will not support the White House’s compromise healthcare proposal. A windfall for insurance company shareholders, in his view, is too high a price to pay.
Granted, Kucinich’s complaint with the White House proposal is that it’s not liberal enough; he wants a single payer system or failing that, a system with a strong public option. I'm as mystified as Chait is that some liberals don't regard even the Senate bill, much less the Obama compromise proposal, as being better than nothing. But would Kucinich really be willing to squander a rare, and maybe the last, chance for comprehensive healthcare reform if he really thought of socializing health risks and healthcare costs as an overriding ideological objective?“With some antiabortion Democrats likely to bolt, White House and Democratic leaders are hoping they can persuade a handful of liberals who voted “no” on the House-passed health care bill last year to switch to “yes” on President Barack Obama’s compromise. One name floated as a possible switch, liberal gadfly and presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
“Think again. Asked about the matter by Washington Wire, the congressman from Ohio released this statement about the president’s compromise: ‘The new proposal starts with a wholly unacceptable Senate health care bill and, with a few exceptions, continues to make it worse. It’s a much better bill for insurance company investors than it is for the American people.’”
Kucinich's liberalism is not your father’s liberalism.