There has been a lot of back-and-forth on the issue of the public option, with most of the back-and-forth coming from the White House. Someone in the Administration–lately, both Secretary Sebelius and the President himself–goes out and basically states that the public option is not that important, and then the White House walks back the cat when liberals raise their voices in fury, and tell us that the public option is most certainly on the table, that no one should think otherwise, and that all talk to the contrary is just media generated hype.
But the more people go out and tell us that the public option is pining for the fjords–especially when those people are Democrats, the more we are likely to believe that the only reason the public option may have been on its perch in the first place, was that it had been nailed there.
Comes now Steny Hoyer to point out what should be obvious; the public option has effing snuffed it:
A day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that health reform won’t get through the House without a public option, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Friday that the public option may have to go in order to get a bill passed.
“I’m for a public option but I’m also for passing a bill,” Hoyer told reporters on a conference call
. “We believe the public option is a necessary, useful and very important aspect of this, but we’ll have to see because there are many other important aspects of the bill as well.”
This is an ex-public option!