Status of the Public Option

At the time of this posting, the Drudge Report is displaying a big red headline that reads…

RETREAT: TEAM OBAMA DROPS ‘PUBLIC OPTION’
…which links to an Associated Press story that opens by saying…
President Barack Obama’s administration signaled on Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run health insurance as part of his ambitious health care proposal.
As Drudge himself would say, developing…

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Roland
Roland
11 years ago

The only option ‘developing’ is the way a bad idea will be repackaged and presented as the greatest thing since sliced white bread instead of wheat bread.
I’ve no doubt that there will be loopholes galore (much like coverage for illegals) opening the options for later debate.
I think there is so much wrong with the package that by the time the healthcare bill is finalized, a bandaid with the picture of Fred Flintstone may be the only government coverage.
Money for abortion, end of life counseling and the ever present threat for companies to remove private insurer health coverage from their benefits list will surely put the pressure back on the path to single payer coverage.

brassband
brassband
11 years ago

I want to sell you a house.
Sorry, I can’t tell you how many bedrooms or bathrooms it’s got.
Oil, gas or electric heat?
Nope, can’t tell you that, either.
How much land comes with it, you ask?
You’re kinda unpatriotic for asking, I respond.
What, you want to know how much it’s gonna cost?
Did Sarah Palin put you up to asking that?
Did I mention that I haven’t built it yet?
And, no, you cannot look at the plans before signing a P&S agreement . . . but don’t feel bad because none of the framers, finish carpenters or other workers who are going to build the house plan on reading through the plans before they start work, either.
Wait a minute . . . I just changed my mind . . !
I’m actually gonna try to sell you a different house!
And, no, I’m not gonna give you any real concrete answers on that one, either.

jacksmith
jacksmith
11 years ago

Throw The Healthcare Obstructionist Out! More than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 76% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (85% of democrats, 71% of independents, and 60% republicans). Basically everyone. We have the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed world. And the most costly. Costing over twice as much as every other county. Conservative estimates are that over 120,000 of you dies each year in America from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don’t die from. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. This is what being 37th in quality of healthcare means. I know that many of you are angry and frustrated that REPUBLICANS! In congress are dragging their feet and trying to block TRUE healthcare reform. What republicans want is just a taxpayer bailout of the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry, and the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry. A trillion dollar taxpayer funded private health insurance bailout is all you really get, without a robust government-run public option available on day one. Co-OP’s ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION. They are a fraud being pushed by the GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry that is KILLING YOU! YOU CANT HAVE AN INSURANCE MANDATE WITHOUT A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION. MANDATING PRIVATE FOR PROFIT HEALTH INSURANCE AS YOUR ONLY CHOICE WOULD BE A DISASTER. AND UNETHICAL, CORRUPT, AND MORALLY REPUGNANT. AND PROBABLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS WELL. These industries have been slaughtering you and your loved ones like cattle for decades for profit. Including members of congress and their families. These REPUBLICANS are FOOLS! Republicans… Read more »

Tom W
Tom W
11 years ago

Jacksmith, too bad you don’t know jack …
You Lefties are so amusing when you rant.
Have another slug of Marxist Kool-Aid and head on over to RI Future, you’ll fit right in (sorry I had to use the word “right” to you, but it was appropriate in this context).

Monique
Editor
11 years ago

Brassband!! I must have it! Where do I sign?!

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