A reader writes:

As an old school lefty I'm not sure which disgusts me more: the Democrats' failure to get a decent health care bill passed or this internecine bickering that's going on between moderates in the party and the Net Roots progressives. Making things even worse is that there's an approach that could satisfy both sides if they weren't too blinded by their own ideologies and egos to see it. That is, pass the health care bill without the public option or the medicare buy-in. Then, after Congress returns in January, pass the medicare buy-in via reconciliation. Sure, extending medicare to those aged 55 - 64 will eventually come up for renewal, possibly when the Republicans control the Senate again. But will Republicans really want to strip medicare away from millions of their constituents in five or ten years? Not likely.