Dems Express Willingness to Alter Public Option
Are Democrats really willing to forego the public option? Sounds like it.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber's second-ranking Democrat, acknowledged he was open to changing the bill's controversial government-run public health insurance option favored by the left."We are open because we want to pass the bill," Durbin told the NBC program "Meet the Press."
Now what? Nate Silver says progressives should give it up, it's not that big a deal anyway and reconciliation could lead to other good provisions being stripped. Jon at Firedoglake disagrees. And FDL's Jane Hamsher explains the progressive reasoning behind choosing the public option as a fighting point. [More...]
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