Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Public Option Is Back In Play

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has decided to include a public option as part of a health care reform bill. While this doesn't mean that the Senate will pass or even debate such a bill, it leaves me cautiously optimistic that the House and Senate will eventually pass a bill that includes a public option. The counter argument suggests that this is a negotiating ploy by Reid aimed at placating Senate liberals. While this is definitely a possibility, it's also true that polls show consistent support for a public option and that two months ago such a maneuver by Reid would have been unthinkable...

Paul Krugman writes that not only will health care reform pass, the reforms will work...

Responding to an innovative assignment, NOLA students write and act out their own epic Katrina odysseys...

5 comments:

Steven said...

I'm afraid that a Public Option that allows states to 'opt out' is not a viable bill and if passed is not a viable law. It would condemn those Americans that live in the poor, ignorant and Republican states to second class status. We're all Americans aren't we?

Foxessa said...

I know, I know, I know!

Waves hand madly at quote!

:)

I want to kick some lieberman ass.

But then, I've wanted to do that for freakin' years.

The amount of money he AND his wife have gotten hands over fists from the insurance companies is more almost than can be tracked.

Gore, what an ass.

Love, C.

mommapolitico said...

So, can someone explain to me how and why we don't strip Lieberman of his chairmanship and kick him out of the caucus? I'm perfectly fine at us having to work harder to get things through, as long as we're not being defeated by our own caucus, for Pete's sake! If he'd stop taking health insurance money, he might see clearly, but i don't see that happening anytime soon.

Great Krugman article. Wicked smart guy - thanks for posting it!

Renegade Eye said...

The Democrats bill should have been the Republicans counter bill.

The Republicans know from Medicare, and SSI, once a social program is in place, it can't be done away with.

Republicans believe people will become disenchanted with Obama, which is true. What they don't get, is that they will not be seen as the alternative.

Ima Wizer said...

Lieberman....the ultimate traitor.