This whole business, it was a litmus test for whether or not we even have a functioning government. Here we had a political majority in congress and a popular president armed with oodles of political capital and backed by the overwhelming sentiment of perhaps 150 million Americans, and this government could not bring itself to offend ten thousand insurance men in order to pass a bill that addresses an urgent emergency. What’s left? Third-party politics?
Just like he knew all along that Roger Federer would beat Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon Final, Matt Taibbi wasn't surprised by the news that the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill would not contain the public insurance option.