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Ken Carman
14 years ago

OK, single payer is shot to shisen, public option has been sunk. So if we’re going to have a bill, what’s left except a possible big fat wet kiss to the Cignas out there? Inquiring, and completely disgusted, minds want to know.

RS Janes
14 years ago

The public option isn’t dead. Only in Baucus’ Finance Committee bill is it kaput, the bill that the Big Media would have you believe is the only health care reform bill in Congress. (The single-celled amoeba of the BM aren’t good with complicated stories — better to follow one bill than try to explain all of them — besides, they don’t know what to do with a story that has no ‘exciting visuals’ like monkeys smoking cigars or a sex angle. It’s the National Enquirer school of Journalism.) As it says in The Hill’s “Harkin says Obama will sign healthcare bill with public option by Christmas”:

President Barack Obama will sign a healthcare bill including a “strong” public option by Christmas, according to Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee. […]

“I just want to reassure the American people that we are going to have a good health care reform bill,” Harkin said during an appearance on MSNBC. “And it’s going to be on the president’s desk before Christmas. And he’s going to sign it before Christmas.”

“I can assure you that the bill that gets to the president’s desk will have a public option,” he added.

And don’t forget, all of this has to go through the House before it’s sent to Obama for his signature. Pelosi already knows she doesn’t have the votes to pass any health care bill that doesn’t contain a public option.

So, all is not lost except, maybe, for Max Baucus and the other Blue Dogs Dems. They’re in trouble in their home states for opposing health care reform and all of that money they’ve been taking from the corporate health care industry is now exposed to the disinfecting light of day.

I read Harry Reid’s dropping so fast in the polls, even Old Squishy’s come out strongly for a public option. As Howard Dean might say, “Yee-haw!”

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