So, I opened up twitter this morning:
— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) June 24, 2017
— mary angela perna 🌸 (@maryangelaperna) June 24, 2017
and so on, and so on. Tweet after tweet after tweet about it. I gather the people I follow are pretty upset.
Jimmy was responding to yet another Joy Reid tweet trolling Trump using “Russia!” (TM)
Judy was responding to David Sirota’s tweet about this:
A high-profile effort to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California sputtered on Friday when Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) decided to shelve the proposal.
Rendon’s justification? He called it “woefully incomplete”.
it could be revived next year.
But the move is nonetheless a major setback for legislation that has electrified the Democratic party’s progressive flank.
The California Nurses Assn., the bill’s sponsors and the state’s most vocal advocates for single-payer, blasted Rendon’s decision as “cowardly.”
“Acting in secret in the interests of the profiteering insurance companies late Friday afternoon abandons all those people already threatened by Congress and the Trump administration,” Deborah Burger, the union’s co-president, said in a statement.
Burger continued: “The people of California are counting on the Legislature to protect them now, not sometime next year, and as polls have shown Californians support this proposal by a wide majority. A solution to this health care emergency could be at hand; Speaker Rendon is standing in opposition.”
And it looks like Rendon isn’t the only coward:
Privately, many Assembly Democrats said they dreaded having to vote on the bill, fearful of backing a proposal — with no financing behind it or politically risky tax hikes — with an “aye” vote, or alienating their energized base with a “no.”
Could have been historic.
National poll pic.twitter.com/1MHMuVnLBI
— m (@freetesla11) June 24, 2017
And it could have been great. Save $$$$ AND guarantee health care:
— Emil Medellin (@medellinemil) June 24, 2017
Rendon’s statement ends with this:
“the assembly with stand with our partners to face the real, immediate threat to Californians’ health care posed by the Republicans in Washington”