Senator Reid: Health Care Bill Goes Forward

Wooo Hooooo

PUBLIC OPTION WITH OPT OUT— “Crush the Filibuster”

MSNBC

44-D seal of Approval …okay GeoT seal of approval 😉

Let’s see what states dare to “OPT OUT” and what the consequences will be for the Republican leaders in those states…

Reid: Health care bill to include public option

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7 responses to “Senator Reid: Health Care Bill Goes Forward

  1. ogenec

    It may be premature to pay tribute to the intellectual father of the public option, but the tide is swinging in his favor, so yeah, let’s do it. Jacob Hecker is Poly Sci professor at Yale, and here is a paper of his examining different varieties of the public option: http://www.ourfuture.org/files/Hacker_Public_Plan_August_2009.pdf

    Meanwhile, I remain unconvinced about the ability of the public option to “bend the cost curve.” I think Samuelson has it right: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/25/AR2009102502041.html?hpid=opinionsbox1 But in fairness to public option proponents, you all have done a great job shifting the terms of the debate. That is the essence of American-style democracy, and the reason those of us who grew up in other countries continue to hold it up as a model.

    It will be fascinating to see how this all plays out. For instance, is the milder public option with opt-out enough of a victory, or will progressives push harder for Medicare+5%?

    • from what I can tell the ultra-left “all or nothing” bunch is poo-pooing this as a “weak, watered down, cave in”

      But the vast majority are pleased and see this as a big plus and move forward. Comments are 80-20 (estimate) positive… not counting right wing trolls 😉

  2. ogenec

    By the way, this is the best answer I’ve yet found to why Obama has been courting Snowe: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/horseraceblog/2009/10/why_is_the_white_house_courtin.html

    “Collins, Snowe, Nelson, and Specter (before he jumped ship) are almost like a third party in Congress: the hyper-moderate party.

    So, here’s a two-part explanation for why Snowe is being wooed so aggressively. One: Collins, Snowe, Nelson are essentially identical on the ideological scale; accordingly, if one of them supports the bill, the others might follow suit. Two: Snowe voted for the bill in the Senate Finance Committee; if she eventually bails, that could be sufficient to scare Nelson off.”

    The article even containing supporting data. Check it out.

    • I actually said that recently, that Snowe could be cover for the Blue-dogs, but hey if you need a link to a fancy news organization, go ahead 😉

  3. audiegrl

    All anyone had to do, was go to the White House blog at http://www.whitehouse.gov. It states very clearly what Obama’s position is.

    The Public Option: Rumor Check
    Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on October 25, 2009 at 08:56 PM EDT

    A rumor is making the rounds that the White House and Senator Reid are pursuing different strategies on the public option. Those rumors are absolutely false.

    In his September 9th address to Congress, President Obama made clear that he supports the public option because it has the potential to play an essential role in holding insurance companies accountable through choice and competition. That continues to be the President’s position.

    Senator Reid and his leadership team are now working to get the most effective bill possible approved by the Senate. President Obama completely supports their efforts and has full confidence they will succeed and continue the unprecedented progress that is being made in both the House and Senate.

    Dan Pfeiffer is Deputy Communications Director

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