Reading the tea leaves tonight, it appears that the so-called "long awaited" new health care reform bill version sponsored by democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana is the proverbial "non-starter" (see, e.g., the link below about Harry Reid's non-support). No lawmakers appeared with Baucus today when he talked to the media about it (a huge red flag), and it looks like the new bill has no support from the far left b/c it eschews the public option, while at the same time it has no support from the far right b/c it essentially keeps most of the components of Obama & The Dems' plan, save for allegedly substituting public "co-ops" for the public option (of course, the repubs, without even reading the new bill, say that the "co-ops" are the same as the public option -- very predictable -- how can they say that before even reading and analyzing the bill? See folks, I always call it both ways). Here's my thing: I have never been able to tell from anything I've read on the internet just precisely what a "public co-op" really is, and you know what? I now apparently don't need to worry about it (in the process saving myself from endless links and cut-and-pastes from Draconem telling me what a great thing it is! -- ;), you know I love ya, Draconem)! It would be an absolute waste of my time to even try to understand what Baucus is proposing, because his proposal appears to not be in play in any way, shape or form. Both the far left and far right hate it, so it's off the table! Isn't it wonderful how much total doctrinaire power that we cede to these 2 bullshit extremes?!? Joking of course -- Obviously, it's pathetic. Same thing I talk about almost every day on this blog.