You'll note that while he says they'll start with the Senate bill there's no mention of the public option, the individual mandate, or of enforcement of the insurance regulations. That won't happen. I sent them this reply:
I'm a afraid that I cannot sign this petition.
The Senate bill is unacceptable. It has no public option, but demands that we buy insurance that is insufficient to keep those who buy it out of financial jeopardy if they're sick or injured. But this is not the worst thing.
The worst is that there is no provision for enforcing the insurance regulations. There has been no talk of addressing this deficiency in anything I've read on the subject. As long as this is true, I and other Americans will be required by the IRS to buy insurance or pay a penalty, but the insurance companies will be under no real obligation to live up to the terms of their policies, paltry as they will be.
This is completely unacceptable. It should be unacceptable to any sane person, and yet the House is trying to fob this off as a good thing.
That's why I won't sign this petition. I'm not going to lend my name to an obvious farce. Fix it and get back to me.
I'm guessing I'll get a reply with a link to another Krugman blog post in it. And you wondered why I've been smacking him down lately, haven't you?
It's gotten to the point where even the good people, like Inslee, are putting their names to this piece of crap, just to get it out of the way.