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Surprisingly, I can't find any news dated more recently than 3/15 on the Public Option. As this is such big news today, and the Individual Mandate is included, why is there nothing being said about the fate of the Public Option. Considering Barack Obama will prove himself a LIAR if he signs this bill without the Public Option? Yes, I am PISSED!!! IMO, today he has dug his own grave re: 2012. Sorry to offend my friends I know will disagree with me.
Posted By: Steve Williams
Monday, March 22nd 2010 at 11:38AM
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I think, by now, everybody from politicians to the press to everyday citizens are exhausted by the health care debate.

I think people generally recognize that the current law just passed was about the best they could get at this time.

I am a big supporter of a public otion as well--but I think we need to be a little patient. Those Dems made almsot a superhuman effort to get the law passed.

NUmerous Senators have vosed to push for a public optoin, so I am confident that we will have the a other opportunity. Until then, I think everyone needs to step back and take a deep breath!

Monday, March 22nd 2010 at 1:06PM
Richard Kigel
Thanks Rich. But the question remains, when will the public ever realize the worthlessness of campaign promises? I am thinking of the wars also.
Monday, March 22nd 2010 at 3:50PM
Steve Williams
I can't think of a single campaign whether it is for senior class president or GO treasurer where the candidates do not promise the moon and deliver moon dust.

Hey, that's democracy!

Who was it that said: democracy is the worst form of government--except for all the others?

Monday, March 22nd 2010 at 5:08PM
Richard Kigel
First, let me say that I too am disappointed that there is no public option, because other than a single-payer system, which they (democrats and Obama) took off the table from the very beginning, the public option is the only effective way to provide the competition for the insurance companies that will help keep premium prices down, as well as force them to change some of their worst practices.

The benefits to the public option were that it provides competition to keep costs down and forces the insurance industry to clean up its act if it wants to remain competitive and stay in business. More than any regulation, this would have forced them to do just that. So, given all of this, why was it not in the final bill?

For one, in the early stages of reform, deals were cut with the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and health insurance. One of them was that there will be no single-payer, Medicare for All or a public option. The white house agreed to this deal. All the back and forth after that on the public option being out, then in, then out again was really nothing more than a kabuki dance, political theatre designed to appease those who took to heart the campaign promise to do this, as well as the promises made during the summer anytime word got out that the public option was in jeopardy, that it would be out.

What were the white house and the democrats to get in exchange for these deals? Essentially, the support of the industry on health care reform, unlike last time when Hillary Clinton attempted it and it got shot down by these industry forces, when they ran those “Harry & Louise” ads against reform. It was a sucker’s bet though, because even though they didn’t run the ads, they still paid for those goons to be bussed in at all those town halls.

During this entire process, when public opinion ebbed and flowed on the tide of lies of “death panels,” economic disaster and “government takeover,” the popularity of the public option remained high. The key is, what happens when people see that the current reform plan does less for them than they expected, and will they remember that it was because of the fact that they did not go for the public option that reform helps less than expected?

Wednesday, March 24th 2010 at 2:51PM
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