"We want to negotiate, but Democrats refuse."
As a progressive liberal, I wanted Universal Health Care, a single-payer system everyone gets covered, period. I believe heath care, or rather 'the right to life,' should be a right, and not just a privilege for the super rich. We didn't get Universal coverage. In lou of that, I wanted a strong public option, and this too we gave up in concessions.
NOW, conservatives are wanting to negotiate, with our government at a stand still? So, let's put Universal Health Care back up? Or how about fully funded municipal co-ops, wherein county hospitals offer coverage with federal financial backing in emergency or catastrophic situations. Let's do something, anything! If they don't like this version, let's sincerely improve it!
I say we 'give up this private health care mandate,' and instead demand Universal Health Care, then 'settle' for a strong public option.
If republicans really want to negotiate, I say let's go for it! Let's start making demands of our own, and let's begin by offering up the private insurance mandate. How was that a liberal idea anyway!?