No More Public Option?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 8, 2009

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Any semblance of a public health insurance program appears to have been dropped from the Senate version of the health care reform bill. I am not confident that it will stay dropped, since if a bill does get passed in the Senate, it will have to be reconciled with the passed House version, but it seems clear that the Senate Democratic leadership–along with the Obama Administration, of course, is willing to throw the Democratic grassroots under the bus, and that the Democratic grassroots is not happy about matters. I am sure that the grassroots will be called on nonetheless to contribute money, and will reply willingly to the call . . . only to get betrayed later on, and over, and over, and over again. The Obama Administration and the Democratic party know how to play these folks; indeed, playing them is no challenge at all.

  • drfredc

    So what they are offering now is a one size fits all Mandated Employer Subsidized Socialism with a common set of bloated mandates on private plans that is somehow supposed to spur competition? Do these guys have one cent worth of experience running the private sector business?

    It's like expecting there to be competition for the latest hot selling computer game — everyone's got it selling for almost the exact price give or take a few cents…

  • drfredc

    So what they are offering now is a one size fits all Mandated Employer Subsidized Socialism with a common set of bloated mandates on private plans that is somehow supposed to spur competition? Do these guys have one cent worth of experience running the private sector business?

    It's like expecting there to be competition for the latest hot selling computer game — everyone's got it selling for almost the exact price give or take a few cents…

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