A little more than a decade later, the public option fight should be a harrowing cautionary tale for Biden on both the policy and the politics. He had a front-row seat in watching a bad-faith Republican opposition kill a much-needed initiative, and then use Democrats’ failure to deliver to win at the polls. He of all people should know that this story never ends well.
The question is: Can he and Democrats learn from the past?
The same people who didn’t do enough to help the American people in 2009, are back in control of the government now. Why would they learn the lesson of needing to help people if eventually they end up re-elected anyway? Only holding politicians accountable will save us from this never ending loop between two parties whose differences are negligible.