FWIW: Some advice for progressives…
We are not in the habit of advising the progressive wing of the Democratic Party on their political options. They are smug, insular, and difficult to engage even under the best of circumstance. However, it is clear that Washington is setting them up to take the fall on this entire ugly health insurance reform mess, so here goes:
Both the House and Senate health insurance reform bill are poison pills.
You should kill them, and kill health insurance reform.
You will be blamed for killing health reform, and you should accept that blame. The process has been so dirtied by Washington that there is no upside to supporting it.
After killing health insurance reform, you should then refuse to raise the debt ceiling for Washington until it is reformed. You have allies on the right who will find you and join with you on this.
You do not need the Democratic Party establishment.