Passing A Health Insurance Assistance Bill
As Jeralyn notes, Beltway Dems, eager to declare "victory" on the health care issue are preparing to deal away the public option. What will be interesting to me is what will they come for next from this "reform" proposal? It seems clear that the Beltway Dems are prepared to give away any and all parts of the proposal in order to get 60 votes + Olympia Snowe. Reconciliation will only be considered if progressive Democrats say no to the giveaway.
The Village Wonks and their allies have never cared about the public option (a perfectly reasonable position) and are willing, no, eager, to jettison the public option. That is their right. But for Democrats who believe that the public option is the only worthwhile reform in the proposal, this is an unacceptable capitulation. It is time to consider forgetting the "reform" part of this and just focus on passing the "assistance" part of the proposal. More . . .
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