What Influential Left-Wingers Have to Say About Obamacare

We all know the Right has been opposing the government overhaul of health care ever since Congress began working on it months ago. But the Left has only recently started speaking out against the bill. Here are some comments by some of America's most influential left-wingers:

Former Vermont Governor and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean:

“[A]s it stands, this bill would do more harm than good to the future of America.”


“If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill. Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform.”

Liberal radio host of "The Ed Schultz Show:"

“The base is restless. They are wandering in the wilderness, Mr. President. … They want to know, where are you? … Right now, Mr. President, your base thinks you’re nothing but a sellout — a corporate sellout, out that. … The only people who like this current bill right now, Mr. President, is the insurance industry — they get a bunch of new customers.”

Founder of Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas:

“Time to kill this monstrosity coming out of the Senate.”


“You pass a s——-y program now that further bankrupts our nation, and we won’t be talking about ‘fixing’ it in a few years, but whether it should even exist.”

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann:

[The Senate version has become] “unsupportable … a hollow shell of a bill. This is not health, this is not care, this is certainly not reform.”

Founder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington:

"The American middle class was let down. … Can you really say this White House is on the side of the American people?”

Single payer maven, Representative Anthony Weiner of New York:

“I’m not taking the Senate Bill. We’re going to go into a conference hopefully, we’re going to get back to close to where the house is. We’re not taking the Senate Bill. That Senate Bill should not become law.”

Peggy Noonan, journalist and former Reagan speechwriter, pretty much sums it up when saying:

“On the issue of health care, you are losing the left, you are losing the right, you are losing the center. That looks to me like a political disaster.”

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